Biden struggles to get relief bill over the line

The $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package has endured a difficult path through the US Senate in recent days

7th March, 2021
Biden struggles to get relief bill over the line
Joe Biden could see many of his policy plans scuppered by the Senate filibuster, which requires a 60-40 majority on the floor before laws can be made Picture: Getty

After delays, disruptions and power plays, it looks as though US president Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief bill is on schedule for passage by March 14 – the day on which federal unemployment benefits are scheduled to run out for millions of Americans.

While the bill had a relatively easy passage through the House of Representatives, pushing it through the Senate has proved a more daunting task. It has survived, but it’s by no...

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