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House prepares to pass $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan

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The Biden administration needs nearly every Democratic vote for the president's $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill. Nancy Cordes shares what the White House is doing to keep Democrats on board.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: Now to here in Washington. Tonight, the White House is not taking anything for granted as it pushes for final House approval of the $1.9 trillion stimulus package this week. The president needs almost every Democratic vote. CBS's Nancy Cordes joins us from the White House. All right, Nancy, big Senate vote passing it, now what does the administration do to get it over the finish line?

NANCY CORDES: Well, Norah they are making calls, trying to keep all House Democrats on board to vote yes, because they know they can't rely on any Republican support for this bill. And the case that they're making to any Democrats who might be disappointed by some of the trims that took place to the bill in the Senate is that it is still, in their words, one of the most progressive bills of all time.

A $1.9 trillion spending package that expands the child tax credit and the earned income tax credit, extends $300 federal unemployment benefits into September, and of course, provides those $1,400 per person stimulus checks for about 85% of US households. And if this bill does pass this week, Norah, the White House says those checks will start going out by the end of the month.

NORAH O'DONNELL: Nancy Cordes, thank you.