After weeks of negotiations, histrionics on the part of the right as they attempted to block parts of the bill that didn’t even exist, and a very long reading of the entire bill on the floor of the Senate (also ordered by a right-wing politician), the historic COVID-19 relief bill promised by President Joe Biden was passed on Saturday. The bill is not perfect, cuts were made in order to get some relief to the people as quickly as possible, but the bill is now on its way to President Biden’s desk.
Biden’s former running mate and the man he served under as vice president, President Barack Obama, congratulated Biden on his victory but also reminded his Twitter followers that it was their votes in November and January that made this possible, and their votes in the future can guarantee more wins for the people.
Biden’s relief package comes as unemployment benefits for those who lost their jobs and income due to the virus, schools set to make sweeping changes in order to make it safe for students to return, and vaccination sites continue to roll out across the country. The legislation was necessary, vital to ensuring our economy strengthens as the country recovers from the virus and heads toward herd immunity, and will soon be signed as part of a budget resolution act.
Twitter was grateful for President Obama’s take on the bill’s passage and his reminders of the importance of voting. Read some of their comments below: