President Joe Biden on Thursday signed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, sending billions in aid to Americans, businesses and state and local governments still reeling from the pandemic.

Signing the “American Rescue Plan” he proposed into law is both a landmark moment in the crisis and a major political success for Biden, coming just hours ahead of his first prime-time address to the nation Thursday night marking one year into the national struggle.

The Oval Office ceremony came a day earlier than the White House said it would after the House on Wednesday passed the bill just days before expanded unemployment benefits for many workers were set to expire on Sunday.

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