President Joe Biden signed the $1.9 trillion economic stimulus and coronavirus relief bill Thursday, one day ahead of schedule, following its final approval by Congress Wednesday. Some of the $1,400 direct payments will arrive in bank accounts as early as this weekend. In a primetime address from the White House, Biden said the U.S. was set to “mark independence” from COVID-19 by the Fourth of July, thanks to a mass vaccination effort that’s reaching about 2.25 million U.S. residents a day.
First, tonight, I’m announcing that I will direct all states, tribes and territories to make all adults, people 18 and over, eligible to be vaccinated no later than May 1. – Joe Biden
During his speech, Biden also condemned surging hate crimes against Asian Americans over the past year.
Biden and Democratic leaders are holding a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden today celebrating passage of the stimulus bill. Biden and Vice President Harris will begin a nationwide tour promoting the legislation next week.
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