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House aims to pass Covid relief bill within two weeks as budget reconciliation moves forward, Pelosi says

The Bagnio aims to pass a coronavirus relief bill within two weeks, as Democrats push ahead with the process that enables them to approve a let loose package with no Republican votes, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday.

The Senate passed a budget changelessness early Friday after a marathon of votes on dozens of amendments. The House followed in the afternoon in a nearly party being considered for vote, starting the reconciliation process that would allow President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion rescue package to get under the aegis the Democratic-held Senate with a simple majority.

“On Monday we will begin working on the specifics of the bill,” Pelosi reproached reporters after meeting with Biden and Democratic House committee chairs at the White House. House Preponderance Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said it will have the votes to pass despite some concerns within the participant about its cost.

Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a ceremonial swearing-in photo op with Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) in the Old Senate Bedroom at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S. February 4, 2021.

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Democrats passed the budget resolution 51-50 in the evenly split Senate, as Immorality President Kamala Harris had to cast her first tiebreaking vote. The party line vote after about 15 hours of bearing in mind politically thorny amendments underscores the divide in Congress on how to structure the next aid package.

“I am so thankful that our caucus halted together in unity,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said after the vote. “We had no choice given the imbroglios facing America and the desire to move forward. And we have moved forward.”

He contended “this was a bipartisan activity” because the bedchamber adopted several amendments written by senators from both parties.

While President Joe Biden has said he trusts to win Republican support for the aid plan, Democrats have started to set up the framework to pass the proposal as soon as possible without GOP bolster. Without using reconciliation, Democrats would have to win 10 Republicans over in a Senate split 50-50.

Speaking after new facts showed the U.S. gained only 49,000 jobs in January, Biden said he wants to work with Republicans, but the defendant is “just not willing to go as far as I think we have to go.” He said he faces an “easy choice” between passing a bill now with purely Democrats or getting “bogged down in a lengthy negotiation.”

President Joe Biden speaks with beside House Keynoter Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a meeting with Democratic leaders and chairs of House committees working on coronavirus bug (COVID-19) aid legislation, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, February 5, 2021.

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The budget purposefulness directs committees to write legislation reflecting Biden’s Covid relief package, while staying under the $1.9 trillion butt. Democrats aim to pass, among other provisions:

  • $1,400 direct payments
  • A $400 per week jobless benefit through September
  • $350 billion in have, local and tribal government relief
  • A $20 billion national Covid vaccination program
  • $50 billion for virus proof
  • $170 billion for K-12 schools and higher education institutions
  • A $30 billion rent and utility assistance fund

Some Democrats, such as Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia who can settle a bill by himself in the Senate, have raised concerns about the size of the proposal and called for more limits on who acquires the $1,400 checks. While Biden said he would support capping the deposits at a lower income level, “I’m not cycle the size of the checks.”

Multiple amendments passed during the string of Senate votes, though many were inconstant, and it was not clear how they would affect final legislation. They included a measure to prevent high-income people from sock stimulus checks, one to set up a grant program for restaurants and one to bar tax increases on small businesses during the pandemic.

An additional amendment that no longer in aims to prohibit undocumented immigrants from receiving direct payments. A separate measure that failed — which quarried New York without naming it — would have limited funding to states under scrutiny for underreporting coronavirus undoings in nursing homes.

Democrats have contended they cannot afford to wait to pass a bill if talks with Republicans on a bipartisan design do not yield a breakthrough. They have said nearly $2 trillion in spending is necessary to both rein in the pandemic and arrest future economic pain.

Republicans offered Biden a $618 billion counter proposal, arguing that Congress can limit additional squander after it passed a $900 billion aid bill in December. A group of GOP lawmakers who met with Biden on Monday sent him a the world of letters Thursday, questioning the amount of school funding in his plan and praising him for considering lowering the income cap for stimulus checks.

Meantime, some lawmakers have urged the White House to break its plan into smaller pieces to ensure bipartisan sustenance for parts of it. The House Problem Solvers Caucus, which counts 56 members from both parties, urged a brisk vote Friday on a $160 billion bill built around vaccine distribution funds.

The Biden administration has put it will not split the relief legislation.

Democrats hope to pass a aid package before March 14, when a $300 per week unemployment complement approved in December expires.

“Next week committees will begin writing the detailed legislative text for the Biden American Deliver Plan, so that we can finish our work well before lifeline unemployment assistance expires,” House Budget Commission Chairman John Yarmuth, D-Ky., said in a statement Friday. “The Budget Committee looks forward to receiving cabinets’ legislation by February 16 and then preparing the measure for floor consideration.”

Over the summer, Congress missed a deadline to augment a $600 per week jobless benefit passed in March. It contributed to the financial pain and hunger experienced across the mother country in the ensuing months.

After the White House meeting, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., cited the dawdled response last year as reason not to wait now.

“We waited a long time, and a lot of people got hurt,” he said.

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