10 things you need to know today: March 11, 2021

The House passes a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, the Senate confirms Merrick Garland as attorney general, and more

Signing the American Rescue Plan Act
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1. House passes $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package

The House on Wednesday passed the nearly $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package as adjusted by the Senate, sending it to President Biden for his signature, expected on Friday. House Democrats pushed through the legislation in a 220 to 211 vote, without Republican support. The package includes another round of stimulus checks for most Americans, as well as extended extra unemployment benefits. It also sends billions of dollars to city, state, and tribal governments, and small businesses that have struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic. Schools will get money to help them reopen classrooms. The package includes provisions such as expanded tax credits and food aid that could cut child poverty in half. Republicans argued that the plan was too expensive, but a Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday found that 70 percent of Americans supported it.

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Harold Maass, The Week US

Harold Maass is a contributing editor at The Week. He has been writing for The Week since the 2001 debut of the U.S. print edition and served as editor of TheWeek.com when it launched in 2008. Harold started his career as a newspaper reporter in South Florida and Haiti. He has previously worked for a variety of news outlets, including The Miami Herald, ABC News and Fox News, and for several years wrote a daily roundup of financial news for The Week and Yahoo Finance.