DENVER (CBS4) – Colorado Senators John Hickenlooper and Michael Bennet commended the passage of a $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill on Saturday morning. The Senate approved the bill after debating it for more than 24 hours.
The bill was passed with 50-49 votes.
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We are one step closer to providing much-needed aid to our country.
From funding public health jobs to expanding family tax credits, this bill will help us end the pandemic, cut child poverty in half, and improve the lives of countless Americans.
– Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennet) March 6, 2021
“With today’s vote, we are one step closer to providing much-needed aid to our country,” said Bennet. “One year after the first confirmed COVID-19 case in our state, the Coloradans continue to struggle in the face of this public health and economic crisis. From funding public health jobs to extended tax credits for working families, this bill will help us end the pandemic and improve the lives of countless Americans. “
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Senator Hickenlooper shared his statement, adding one of many messages he had received from constituents:
‘I’m homeless now, my truck is out of gas and I’m parked on a street. I have two days to eat. I can’t take it any longer. Help! Fast Please!’ A Coloradan sent me this message, one of the thousands I received in the first few months, and everyone was desperate for relief. They’re nerve-wracking – stories of lost loved ones, evictions and repossessed cars. People need help now. This relief bill includes stimulus and expanded unemployment benefits, vaccines, small business grants, and many other important programs. We are close to the end of this pandemic – we cannot let anyone fall through the cracks. “
The Colorado GOP struck both senators Saturday morning.
“It is utterly shameful how Senator Bennet and Senator Hickenlooper sold out Colorado’s middle class and voted for this totally partisan liberal wish list. This bill is Washington’s worst – Coloradans will not forget that Bennet has once again chosen to follow Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to pass a lavish, partisan and extreme spending bill, ”said Joe Jackson, spokesman for the Colorado GOP.
CBS News reports that a Vote-a-Rama on Friday stalled for nearly 12 hours due to disagreements within the Democratic caucus over unemployment benefits.
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Now the House will vote on the amended legislation on Tuesday. If approved, it will go to President Joe Biden’s desk for signature.