President Joe Biden signed his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan into law on Thursday, saying the ‘historic legislation’ will restore ‘the backbone of this country.’
‘This historic legislation is about rebuilding the backbone of this country and giving people in this nation, working people, middle class folks, people who built the country a fighting chance. That’s what the essence of this is,’ he said.
‘Done,’ he said upon fixing his signature to the legislation. He signed it in the Oval Office with Vice President Kamala Harris at his side.
‘Democrats and Republican friends have made it clear, people out there, made it clear they strongly support the American Rescue Plan,’ he said in brief remarks, adding that he would have more to say in his prime time address Thursday night.
‘We’re going to be on the road not only talking about – what I’m talking about tonight is the impact on the virus, how we’re going to end this pandemic,’ he said of the law, which will provide stimulus checks to many Americans, money for COVID vaccines and funding to help schools reopen.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the first round of stimulus checks will hit people’s bank accounts this weekend.
‘People can expect to start seeing direct deposits hit their bank accounts as early as this weekend. This is, of course, just the first wave,’ she said at her press briefing on Thursday. ‘And payments to eligible Americans will continue throughout the course of the next several weeks.’