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Biden hails Senate passage of ‘desperately needed’ rescue plan

US President Joe Biden holds a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
US President Joe Biden holds a virtual bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

US President Joe Biden hails the Senate passage of a $1.9 trillion relief package for the pandemic-stricken American economy, following a marathon overnight voting session.

“I promised the American people help was on the way. Today, I can say we’ve taken one more giant step forward in delivering on that promise,” Biden says after the plan was approved along strict party lines.

“It obviously wasn’t easy. It wasn’t always pretty. But it was so desperately needed, urgently needed,” he says of the plan — which now heads back to the Democratic-led House of Representatives.

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