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The House is set to pass Biden’s Covid relief bill this week – here’s what’s next

Lecturer of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speak after a herd conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus unite advanced out of the House Budget Committee on Monday and is now set for a full House vote later this week.

Monday’s markup deed was one of the final steps in the House’s reconciliation process, which will allow Democrats to muscle the bill through the nook without GOP support.

The bill’s fate now moves to the House Rules Committee, essentially a formality. Then it will get going to the House floor, where Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., are expected to pass it along cadre lines Friday or Saturday. No major changes to the bill came of the committee’s markup.

Notwithstanding House GOP objections, the jaws is widely expected to advance to the Senate after the House vote later this week. Then it is expected to head to head a new round of hurdles.

Republicans in both the House and the Senate have criticized the bill as too large, especially in light of a Congressional Budget Job report that showed a strong economic recovery underway even without more relief.

The GOP has also opposed Democrats’ labours to include the minimum wage hike as an extraneous, job-killing measure that ought to be considered separately from pandemic surrogate. Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo., the Budget committee’s ranking member, offered such critiques on Monday.

“There has been a lot of rclame paid to the $15 Washington mandate in this bill and whether Democrats will shred the reconciliation process in company to force it through,” Smith said during the markup.

“But also concerning is how this policy would destroy millions of employments — at least 1.4 million, according to the Congressional Budget Office — and disproportionately harm low-wage workers, disabled proletarians and less-educated workers,” he added.

The Senate will conduct its own review loaded with political haggling and bartering. Some of the account’s most substantial provisions, such as paid sick leave expansion and the $15 minimum wage, could be touch up blue-penciled out of the final legislation as Senate Democrats wade through budget restrictions.

All eyes are on the Senate parliamentarian, a relatively disguise official who decides which bills qualify to pass the chamber via reconciliation with a simple majority. The parliamentarian’s job wish be to determine whether Biden’s relief bill including the $15 minimum wage hike meets the standards of the Byrd bar, a provision that outlines which bills do and do not qualify to pass under reconciliation.

Though the Byrd rule is tangled, its overarching and guiding principle is to ensure that any bill that passes via reconciliation is genuinely related to the budget. So if Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough arbitrates that the minimum wage hike is not germane to the federal budget and is more of a political tool, Democrats will be feigned to try to pass the $15 minimum wage in the future.

If it is ruled acceptable, then supporters of the minimum wage, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., bequeath work to persuade moderate Democrats who are skeptical of the wage hike, namely Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Synema of Arizona, to bear witness in favor of the bill.

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