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US Senate passes Biden’s COVID relief bill, including $1,400 checks and unemployment aid

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -- After working through the night, the United States Senate passed the $1.9 trillion COVID plan proposed by President Joe Biden.

In the stimulus package, also called the American Rescue Plan, are $1,400 relief checks for Americans who qualify based on their income and more aid through the fall for those dealing with unemployment.

Overnight the Senate on a mountain of amendments. Most were from Republicans failed to pass. An amendment from Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont also failed. It would have raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

The bill will need final approval from the US House next week before Congress can send the bill to President Biden for his signature.

No Republicans voted to pass the legislation as is. Many of Iowa's delegates began weighing in after its passage.

Iowa's junior Senator, Joni Ernst, said the passage of the American Rescue Plan was "wholly different" this time saying that the bill had too much funding unrelated to COVID-19.

Ernst's mentor in the chamber, Senator Chuck Grassley, shared a similar message Saturday.

"Unfortunately, Congressional Democrats have opted to go it alone, and it's come with a cost," Grassley said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Iowa's lone Democrat in DC, Rep. Cindy Axne, took to Twitter to praised the bill's passage saying the aid it offers is "vital."

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Taylor Vessel

Multimedia Reporter

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