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Pres. Biden Signs $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill Into Law

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Pres. Joe Biden will begin a nationwide messaging tour to help people understand how the bill impacts them. CBS2's Dick Brennan reports.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: March 11th, 2020 really feels like when our world and our lives changed forever.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: So true. We even had to leave the studio, in fact. The CBS Broadcast Center was closed to be cleaned after positive cases surfaced here. And then we had to find a whole new way of doing our job, bringing you the news each day.

MAURICE DUBOIS: Figuring it out on the fly like everybody else. Now fast forward to one year later, people are being vaccinated and President Biden signed a new bill today that he believes will help lead the national recovery.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: CBS2's Dick Brennan here in studio with more on that. Dick?

DICK BRENNAN: Yeah, thankfully it's a different world. It feels like a long time ago but it really isn't. This bill the president signed today was packed with relief money for millions of Americans, but the administration wants to get the word out on what specifically it will do to help people in their everyday lives. So Mr. Biden's beginning a nationwide messaging tour to take him across the country.

JOE BIDEN: Thank you for being here.

DICK BRENNAN: After nearly two months of wrangling and lobbying, the COVID relief bill is now law.

JOE BIDEN: People out there made it clear they strongly support the American Rescue Plan.

DICK BRENNAN: The package includes $1,400 stimulus checks for a majority of Americans, as well as support for a national vaccination program and money for schools to reopen.

JOE BIDEN: This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving the people in this nation-- working people, middle class folks, people who built the country-- a fighting chance.

DICK BRENNAN: The president will be promoting the law with a primetime speech tonight, and the Democratic leadership, including Senator Chuck Schumer, is also getting the message out.

CHUCK SCHUMER: 80% of Americans will get a check for $1,400. You're a family of four, you get $5,600. That is help that people need.

DICK BRENNAN: A major question on many Americans' minds, when will I get my stimulus check?

JEN PSAKI: People can expect to start seeing direct posits hit their bank accounts as early as this weekend. And payments to eligible Americans will continue throughout the course of the next several weeks.


BARACK OBAMA: This vaccine means hope.

DICK BRENNAN: Four former living presidents, all except Donald Trump, participated in a White House public service announcement promoting the vaccine.

GEORGE W BUSH: You know what I'm really looking forward to is going to opening day in Texas Rangers Stadium with a full stadium.

DICK BRENNAN: And with the purchase of 100 million more vaccine doses, the timeline to normalcy could be moving up.

CHUCK SCHUMER: The vaccines, they're going to come much quicker and much more widespread than people ever thought. It is now thought that maybe even as early as June we'll have enough people vaccinated that we can go back to life as normal. Who wouldn't want that?

DICK BRENNAN: Now, a new poll finds about one in five Americans say they lost a relative or close friend to the virus. And a CBS News poll shows 75% of all Americans surveyed, including 46% of Republicans, approve of the COVID relief bill. Maurice and Kristine.

KRISTINE JOHNSON: All right, Dick, thank you.

MAURICE DUBOIS: And once again here, President Biden will discuss the rescue plan and the pandemic in an address to the nation tonight at 8:00 PM. You can watch it right here on CBS2.