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President Biden Signs $1.9T Covid Relief Stimulus Bill into Law

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The $1,400 checks for millions of Americans provided in the package are set to go out by the end of the month.

Posted: Mar 11, 2021 1:25 PM

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package into law Thursday, his first legislative achievement since taking office less than two months ago, a measure to infuse billions into the U.S. economy and bolster funding for vaccines, testing and school reopenings.

The package, which was unanimously opposed by Republicans in Congress, will also provide millions of Americans with $1,400 stimulus checks that are set to go out by the end of the month. The White House is planning a victory lap to mark the achievement with the president, First Lady Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris hitting the road next week.

The signing from the Oval Office comes just hours before Biden is set to mark one year of coronavirus pandemic shutdowns with his first prime-time address since taking office. The remarks are expected to both look back at the scale of loss over that time and peer ahead at a post-pandemic future.

Previewing his remarks, Biden said Wednesday that he would "talk about what we went through as a nation this past year."

"But more importantly," Biden said, "I’m going to talk about what comes next. I’m going to launch the next phase of the Covid response and explain what we will do as a government and what we will ask of the American people."

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