WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats are edging a $1.9 trillion pandemic-relief package to the brink of House passage. A final vote approached late Friday even as party leaders tried to assure agitated progressives that they’ll revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage. A virtual party-line House vote was expected on the sweeping relief measure. It embodies President Joe Biden’s plan to flush cash to individuals, businesses, states and cities battered by COVID-19. House passage will send the measure to the Senate. There, Democrats may try resuscitating their minimum wage push and fights could erupt over state aid and other issues.
By ALAN FRAM