The U.S. Senate passed a budget resolution early Friday allowing Democrats to pass President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion pandemic relief package without Republican support.
Vice President Kamala Harris gave the showdown at 51:50 early that morning, completing a process known as “Vote-a-Rama” in which Senators had raised dozens of amendments to the resolution.
Some have received bilateral support, such as an amendment aimed at preventing high-income Americans from receiving $ 1,400 Covid-19 relief checks.
The vote was a procedural vote in which Biden’s first major legislative initiative was not approved.
Rather, it gave the Democrats the opportunity to hold a party line vote without the risk of filibusters by Republicans, many of whom oppose Biden’s bill because they say it is too expensive.
The House passed a budget resolution earlier this week, but it needs to be brought into line with the Senate version.
Biden has reached out to Republicans about the Covid package, but warned not to act without them, saying the government needs to act urgently as the pandemic continues to strangle the economy and claim more than 450,000 lives.
After the vote, Senate Majority Chairman Chuck Schumer said, “This was a huge first step, a step in compliance.”
However, Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, argued that most of the money from the last aid bill passed by Congress in December had not even been paid out.
“This reconciliation process is not intended to promote bipartisanism, not promote negotiation, not bipartisan buy-in,” said Cornyn.
“What do our democratic colleagues want to do? They want to keep shoveling money out of the door.”
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