House vote on COVID-19 relief expected by Wednesday
An expected House vote on Tuesday to send the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package to President Biden’s desk may not end up happening until Wednesday.
Biden said Monday that he plans to sign the COVID-19 relief bill into law “as soon as I can get it.”
But Democratic aides said Monday that the House is still awaiting bill processing papers from the Senate for the massive proposal. Depending on when the House receives those papers, the final vote could still occur on Tuesday or possibly Wednesday.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) initially announced Saturday shortly after the Senate passed the bill that the House would vote Tuesday to clear it to the president.
The Senate passed the legislation on Saturday in a 50-49 party-line vote. Democrats adopted changes pursued by centrists that would cap income eligibility for direct stimulus payments to individuals making $80,000 instead of $100,000 like the previous rounds of pandemic relief, as well as keep the weekly supplemental unemployment insurance payments at $300 rather than increasing it to $400 as under the original House version.
That means the House will have to take a second vote on the legislation to approve the Senate changes.