US Senate Approves $1.9T Stimulus Plan; Measure Now Returns to the House

US Senate Approves $1.9T Stimulus Plan; Measure Now Returns to the House

The Senate passed President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid 19 relief package Saturday, in a possible positive development for cryptocurrencies.

  • The measure, which was passed by a 50-49 party-line vote, now heads back to the House, which would have to approve Senate changes to the package before it can head to the president for signing.
  • The House is expected to take up the measure next week, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • The legislation would provide $300 in weekly unemployment benefits through early September, send $1,400 payments to some Americans and direct $350 billion to state and local governments.
  • Why this matters to the crypto world:

  • Because the stimulus package would likely be a boost for stock markets, it could also provide a lift to the price of cryptocurrencies, particularly if stimulus check recipients use that money to buy cryptocurrencies.
  • Crypto investors have been betting for months that the flood of government and central bank spending to fight the coronavirus-caused economic slowdown will eventually lead to inflation, which would also be beneficial for bitcoin.
  • All the stimulus is calling into question the independence of the Federal Reserve, which to prevent short-term economic ruin has been basically printing money with abandon, leaving itself open to criticism about the mountain of debt these spending sprees are creating.
  • The price of bitcoin (BTC) moved back into positive territory after news of the bill's passage broke, quickly rising $500. At press time, the price of BTC was $48.212.74, up 0.21% over the last 24 hours.
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