The US Senate on Saturday approved a $ 1,900 billion bailout package proposed by President Joe Biden.

The aid package to help the Americans out of the corona crisis was passed by 50 to 49 votes.

The billions are intended to fund vaccines and medical devices, as well as emergency financial aid for victims who have lost their jobs, companies and local governments.

The Senate had already started the meeting on the bailout package on Friday.

During the marathon session, some adjustments were made to the original proposal.

For example, a section on raising the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour was voted down.

Eight Democrats voted against it, as did the Republicans.

Plan must now return to the House of Representatives

In the Senate, both Republicans and Democrats have 50 seats.

Where appropriate, Vice President Kamala Harris's vote may be decisive.

That was not necessary now.

The plan now goes back to the House of Representatives, which approved an earlier version of the bailout package last week.

Because a few things have changed, a new vote has to be taken.

In the House, the Democrats have a narrow majority.


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