US President Joe Biden has scored his first legislative win as the House of Representatives passed his $US1.9 trillion ($2.44 trillion) coronavirus relief package early, although Democrats face challenges to their hopes of using the bill to raise the minimum wage.
- The plan would pay for vaccines and medical supplies and fund a new round of emergency aid payments
- The bill now moves to the Senate, where Vice-President Kamala Harris may have to cast a tie-breaking vote
- Democrats aim to have the bill signed into law before mid-March
Democrats, who control the chamber, passed the sweeping measure by a mostly party line vote of 219 to 212 and sent it on to the Senate, where Democrats planned a legislative manoeuvre to allow them to…