President Biden celebrated the party-line passage of his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill Saturday, saying the measure is another step for the country’s return to normalcy.
The bill will “get the country in a place to get back to normal” Biden said in a 9-minute address in the White House State Dining Room.
The rescue plan includes $75 billion for pandemic-related medical costs, such as vaccine production.
“I believe we’ll have enough by the middle of May to vaccinate — it’s going to take longer to get it in their arms, but that’s how much vaccine we’ll have,” Biden said.
He appealed to the House of Representatives — which the Democrats control by a slim 10-vote margin — to pass the Senate-revised bill in the next few days.
“By passing this plan we’ll have proved that this democracy, this government, can still work,” he said.
The House is expected to take up the bill on Tuesday.