President Joe Biden and his allies are hitting the road this week to promote the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill he signed in law last week as the right prescription for a country humbled by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Biden and a slate of advocates including Vice President Kamala Harris and first lady Jill Biden are being deployed to politically important states and to television as part of what the White House is calling the ‘Help is Here Tour’ to tout measures that include a $1,400 check for most US households.
“I promised the American people, and I guess it’s becoming an overused phrase, that help was on the way,” Biden told a White House ceremony on Friday. “We’ve delivered on that promise.”
The bill was Biden’s first legislative priority on taking office in January and his fellow Democrats used narrow majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate to pass a large measure of what Biden originally proposed without Republican support.