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Biden touts ‘shots in arms and money in pockets’ that coronavirus relief package will provide

President Biden speaks about the American Rescue Plan in the Rose Garden at the White House on Friday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

President Biden on Monday touted the “shots in arms and money in pockets” that his $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package will provide as he spoke at the White House, kicking off a week in which he and other key administration officials will crisscross the country promoting the new law.

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As the “Help Is Here” tour unfolds, the Senate is moving ahead on confirming more of Biden’s nominees for key administration posts. The Senate on Monday confirmed Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) as interior secretary, the first Native American to hold a Cabinet-level post and only the third woman to lead the Interior Department.

Here’s what to know:

  • Biden has tapped Gene Sperling, a longtime Democratic economic policy expert, to oversee the implementation of his stimulus package, the White House announced Monday.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo should seriously consider whether he can continue to govern effectively as he faces multiple sexual harassment allegations. Pelosi stopped short of saying that Cuomo (D) should resign.
  • Several Democrats have called on Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) to step down after he said he didn’t feel threatened during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — but would have been concerned had the mob been made up of Black Lives Matter or antifa protesters. Johnson defended his comments Monday, saying he didn’t believe they were racist.
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