The stimulus package passed by the U.S. Senate Thursday, providing $2.5 billion in additional funding for food stamps and other benefits.
The measure passed the House on Wednesday, but the House has yet to take up it.
Democrats control the Senate and the White House.
The package includes a $25 billion emergency relief package for the poor, $1 billion to support families struggling to pay the mortgage and $1.25 billion to help the states prepare for Hurricane Sandy.
The House approved the $1 trillion stimulus package on Tuesday, but President Barack Obama had yet to sign it into law.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House would begin its first-ever vote on the bill on Friday.
It will be up to the Senate to decide how to vote on Friday evening.
Obama said the bill is not a political or ideological document.
It’s simply a tool for the American people to take back their lives from the banks and predatory lenders who are ripping them off.
He said the legislation will “pay for the first step toward restoring the American Dream to the American worker.”
What is the stimulus package?
The legislation is a $2 trillion stimulus measure that President Obama signed into legislation in September 2009.
The bill provides $1,000 for every household to receive SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as well as $1 per adult for every child enrolled in the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
The legislation also extends $10 billion in emergency aid for the states and the federal government for the next five years, including $3 billion for food stamp benefits.
Obama called the legislation “the largest expansion of federal aid since World War II.”
The legislation passed with bipartisan support and was signed by then-President George W. Bush.
The Senate approved the package on Monday, and the House passed it on Wednesday.
It passed the Senate with an overwhelming majority of Democrats and a vote of 98-0.
The White House and Democrats say the bill gives millions of people relief from the economic crisis, but Republicans and conservatives say it does little to help those most in need.