Kamala Harris tweeted two pictures of Joe Biden celebrating the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan’s passage on Wednesday night, March 10, then immediately deleted the tweet. Minutes later, the images were reposted, with one of them cropped to delete a man.
The photos show Harris applauding Biden, a man, and a pair of woman’s hands, and the other shows Biden and Harris standing in front of a TV screen, both pointing at the vote count.
However, the cropped-out mystery man in the deleted and re-posted photo is of special interest.
The initial photos were posted to the @VP account at 8:46 p.m. EST.
One minute later the edited replacement, both were captioned, “The moment when the American Rescue Plan passed in the House. Tonight, families across the country will sleep better knowing help is here.”
The moment when the American Rescue Plan passed in the House. Tonight, families across the country will sleep better knowing help is here. pic.twitter.com/52Wauspq5v
— Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) March 11, 2021
The $1.9 trillion version of the stimulus bill passed in the Senate was approved by the Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday, paving the way for President Joe Biden to sign his first major legislative initiative in the coming days.
The bill, called the American Rescue Plan, passed the House on a party-line vote of 220–211. It received no Republican votes in support. According to The New York Times, the bill extends the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus or COVID-19 unemployment insurance increase of $300 a week until early September 2021, gives $1,400 direct stimulus checks to those earning less than $75,000 a year, provides $350 billion in funding to states, local governments, and tribal governments, and provides $130 billion to schools.
Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) voted against the measure, as he did when the House passed a previous version late last month. Despite his self-described reservations about the “size and scope,” Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), who supported Golden in voting against the previous edition, voted in favor this time.
During the Wednesday vote, White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that Biden expected the bill to pass and plans to sign it on Friday afternoon.