'Help is on the way': Dems cheer passage of COVID bill

The House of Representatives gave final approval on Wednesday (March 10) to one of the largest economic stimulus measures in U.S. history, a sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that gives President Joe Biden his first major victory in office.

"Help is on the way," Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said before signing the bill on Capitol Hill.

The measure provides $400 billion for $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, $350 billion in aid to state and local governments, an expansion of the child tax credit and increased funding for vaccine distribution.

Biden plans to sign the bill on Friday, the White House said.

Video Transcript

NANCY PELOSI: This is the most consequential legislation that many of us will ever be a party to. Who knows what the future may bring? But nonetheless, on this day, we celebrate, because we are honoring a promise made by our president as we join with him in promising that help is on the way.

CHUCK SCHUMER: We say to America, help is on the way. Help is on the way. You will receive $1,400 checks by the end of March. Help is on the way. Vaccines will be available far more quickly to far more people in a shorter time. Help is on the way.

Our schools will open safely and more quickly than we thought. Help is on the way. Half of America's children who are in poverty will not be in poverty because of this bill.

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And you know, we can show America that we can get things done to make their lives better. And we will continue to do that through the rest of this session. Help is on the way.

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