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House passes $1.9T pandemic relief bill, sends it to Senate


WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in a win for President Joe Biden.

But even as Democrats savor that major step, party leaders are trying to assure progressives that they’ll revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage.

The bill passed early Saturday includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses. Now it goes to the Senate.

Democrats there seem bent on resuscitating their minimum wage push, and other fights could erupt, too. Democrats say the still-faltering economy and rampaging virus demand action, but Republicans call the legislation bloated and partisan.

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