'Giant step' as Biden Covid rescue plan clears Senate

Washington (AFP) – The US Senate on Saturday voted to approve a $1.9 trillion relief package in what President Joe Biden called a “giant step” towards reviving the pandemic-stricken American economy, capping frenzied negotiations and a marathon overnight voting session. Passed by 50 votes to 49 in a strict party line vote, the sweeping legislation now heads back to the Democratic-majority House of Representatives, where it is expected to be adopted, barring a last-minute setback. “I promised the American people help was on the way,” said Biden in an address from the White House, after the plan…

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