The House is expected to approve the White House-backed $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package without Republican support by Friday, with lawmakers stressing the urgency of giving Americans aid before existing unemployment benefits expire next month. The bill would then head to the Senate, where several provisions are being eyed for deep cuts before it goes on to President Joe Biden, even as lawmakers await a ruling by the Senate parliamentarian on whether the budget reconciliation process could be used to pass a minimum wage increase.
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