The US House of Representatives has approved a $1.9tn relief plan to help Americans during the Covid pandemic. The package will boost vaccinations and testing, and stabilise the US economy. The cash would be given as emergency financial aid to households, small businesses and state governments.
The bill must now go to the Senate for approval. The vote comes in the same week the US passed 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths - the largest figure of any nation in the world.
Hailing the approval, President Biden said, he hoped it would receive "quick action" at the Senate.
"We have no time to waste. If we act now, decisively, quickly and boldly we can finally get ahead of this virus, we can finally get our economy moving again. And the people in this country have suffered far too much for too long. We need to relieve that suffering," said Biden.