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Biden Urges Fast Virus Relief as Minimum-Wage Hike Hopes Fade

  • House clears budget measure, aims to act on stimulus by March
  • Biden pushes $1.9 trillion plan with jobs picture still weak
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President Joe Biden gave his strongest indication yet that he’ll push for swift action on coronavirus relief for the U.S. economy without Republican support, as House lawmakers cleared the way for passing his $1.9 trillion stimulus plan with only Democratic votes.

Highlighting his emphasis on speed, Biden signaled he was resigned to his minimum-wage hike not being a part of the bill. “Apparently, that’s not going to occur because of the rules of the United States Senate,” he said in a CBS interview. The $15 an hour proposal was panned by Republicans, who sought to block it in the Senate.