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Hoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday

Hoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday
© Greg Nash

The House will vote on President BidenJoe BidenFederal Reserve chair: Economy would have been 'so much worse' without COVID-19 relief bills Biden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Jill Biden gives shout out to Champ, Major on National Pet Day MORE’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Friday, Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse to vote on DC statehood, gender pay gap Moderate Democrats warn leaders against meddling in Iowa race Democrats vow to go 'bold' — with or without GOP MORE (D-Md.) said on Tuesday night.

“The House will vote on Friday on @POTUS’ #AmericanRescuePlan to end this pandemic and deliver urgently needed relief to America’s families and small businesses. The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law,” Hoyer tweeted.  

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The tweet comes as Democrats seek to move fast on coronavirus relief before a number of federal programs expire on March 14.

The House Budget Committee passed the bill on Monday on a party-line vote, and the Rules Committee is scheduled to consider the measure on Friday at 9:30 a.m. The bill would then head to the House floor for a vote.

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The bill then goes to the Senate, where Democrats can’t afford to lose a single vote in their caucus, which is currently evenly split 50-50.

There have already been some potential snags. Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBiden to meet Monday with bipartisan lawmakers about infrastructure Biden is thinking about building that wall — and that's a good thing Buttigieg on exaggerated infrastructure jobs estimate: 'I should have been more precise' MORE (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) have indicated that they oppose the minimum wage increase to $15 an hour that’s included in the bill.

In addition to the minimum wage increase, the bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks, and extension of unemployment benefits, and $129 billion for schools.