How did Colorado’s lawmakers vote on the American Rescue Plan stimulus bill?

Congress gave final approval Wednesday to a landmark $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that will send $1,400 direct payments to most Americans.

With passage in the House, the measure heads to President Joe Biden’s desk and is expected to be signed Friday. The bill represents Democrats’ effort to bridle the catastrophic pandemic and revive the enfeebled economy. The Senate passed the measure over unanimous Republican opposition four days ago.

In total there were three key votes, the first of which occurred on Feb. 27 in the House of Representatives. This original version of the bill included $15 minimum wage. All of Colorado’s representatives voted along party lines, with Reps. Diana DeGette, Joe Neguse, Jason Crow and Ed Perlmutter voting in favor and Reps. Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn in opposition.

Next the Senate was up, and after passing a series of amendments, one of which stripped away the minimum wage hike, it was approved on March 6. Colorado’s two senators, Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper are both Democrats who voted in favor of the bill.

Finally, the amended version was sent back to the House of Representatives where it was passed on March 10. As with the initial vote, Colorado’s representatives voted along party lines. Reps. Diana DeGette, Joe Neguse, Jason Crow and Ed Perlmutter voting in favor and Reps. Lauren Boebert, Ken Buck and Doug Lamborn in opposition.

The bill now goes to President Joe Biden’s desk for final approval. He is expected to sign the bill into law on Friday, March 12.

Content originally published by Fox 31 Denver on March 10, 2021.

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