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The Senate passed President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package on Saturday, sending the amended bill back for a vote in the House followed by the president signing the legislation.
The Democratic-controlled Senate voted 50-to-49 to pass the "American Rescue Plan" through reconciliation. Because some provisions were amended in the Senate, the legislation must go back to the House that passed an earlier version of it last week.
"When Democrats assumed the majority in this chamber, we promised to pass legislation to rescue our people from the depths of the pandemic and bring our economy and our country roaring back," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said from the Senate floor before the vote. "In a few moments, we are going to deliver on that promise."
The legislation got support from the entire Democratic caucus in the Senate. No Republican Senators voted for the legislation. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) was not present for the vote.