Whitmer discusses the $1.9T COVID-19 relief package


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday took part in a discussion on the sweeping $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that Congress approved earlier this week.

During the 1 p.m. virtual call, the governor was joined by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor Rick Kriseman, all Democrats. Also joining the call was Cindy Soule, a fourth-grade teacher from Maine and Jessie Green, a small business owner from Pennsylvania. Protect Our Care organized the event for participants to discuss the benefits of the American Rescue Plan Act.

Watch a replay of the conversation above.

The bill, one of the largest stimulus measures in U.S. history, would provide extended emergency unemployment benefits, direct payments of up to $1,400 for most Americans and spending for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, states and cities, schools and ailing industries. It will also give tax breaks to help lower-earning people, families with children and consumers buying health insurance.

President Joe Biden is scheduled to sign the bill into law at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

NewsNation contributed to this report.

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