The Washington PostDemocracy Dies in Darkness

Biden urges swift passage of his coronavirus relief plan, highlighting ‘the cost of inaction’

President Biden at the White House on Jan. 20. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

President Biden urged swift passage of his $1.9 billion coronavirus relief plan Friday, arguing during an Oval Office appearance that Americans will be “badly, badly hurt” if Congress does not pass legislation soon.

Biden later headed to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., to visit wounded troops, his first trip to the hospital since taking office. During the visit, he also toured a coronavirus vaccination site and thanked hospital officials for the care they provided to his son Beau during the final days of his battle with brain cancer in 2015.

President Donald Trump was treated at Walter Reed in October after contracting the coronavirus.

Here’s what to know: