The United States Senate has barely passed an amended version of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, sending the enactment back to the US House of Representatives for conclusive endorsement.
In a continuous meeting, started on Friday, US officials worked through a progression of revisions on Saturday morning before passing the bill in a 50-49 vote.
Senators from both parties have debated about how long to prolong extended unemployment coverage and how much to give amid the pandemic, which has devastated millions of Americans and wreaked havoc on the economy.
Next week, the bill will go back to the House of Representatives for final approval, during which legislators will submit it to Biden for signing.
"I told the American people that aid was on the way when we took office 45 days ago. "Today, I can tell that we've taken another giant step forward in fulfilling that promise," Biden said at a press conference on Saturday afternoon.
"It obviously wasn’t easy. It wasn’t always pretty, but it was so desperately needed – urgently needed,” Biden added while talking to reporters.
The bill is one of Biden's highest priorities since taking office when he vowed to implement strategies to tackle the spreading pandemic and offer financial assistance to those affected.
According to figures from Johns Hopkins University, the United States has seen more than 28.9 million outbreaks of COVID-19 and 523,400 coronavirus-related deaths, the world's largest totals.
Biden recently encouraged Democrats to approve the bill as soon as possible, even though Republicans oppose it.
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said, "We tell the American people, support is on the way." "Right now, our mission is to assist our country in moving from this stormy present to the bright future."
This senate debate to pass the COVID-19 stimulus bill was the longest one in recent years.
President Biden now has achieved his first major legislative achievement, and it is a significant one.
The bill provides most Americans with cash grants of up to $1,400, increased immediate unemployment insurance, and large sums of money for COVID-19 vaccination and research, states and towns, colleges, and struggling businesses.
It also provides tax cuts for low-income individuals, families with children, and individuals purchasing health care.