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    Congress has passed a budget resolution that clears the way for President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus plan, and the Senate is gearing up for the impeachment trial of former President TrumpDonald TrumpChamber of Commerce CEO to leave: reports Fox News Media cancels Lou Dobbs's show GOP lawmakers call for Pelosi to be fined over new screenings MORE. Both topics are expected to dominate this week’s Sunday talk shows. The House on Friday voted 219-209 to pass a budget resolution that would allow Democrats to pass a version of Biden’s coronavirus stimulus plan without Republican support. The Senate passed a budget resolution early Friday morning to allow Democrats to pass a coronavirus stimulus plan without Republican support. The upper chamber voted 50-50 to pass the budget, with Vice President Harris casting her first tie-breaking vote in her No.2 position. The House passed the resolution later Friday. ...
    Miami : February 5, 2021February 5, 2021 0 The United States Senate approved this Friday a $ 1.9 trillion budget resolution, which will be used to deal with the impact that the pandemic has caused in the country. The budget resolution authorizes a pandemic law in the amount requested by President Joe Biden, and includes instructions for Congressional committees to draft the legislation. The proposal includes the distribution of checks of $ 1,400 to taxpayers, a weekly unemployment benefit of $ 400, $ 350,000 million to help state and city governments, a minimum wage increase to $ 15 per hour, and more funds for child care, schools and vaccine distribution. 0
    February 5, 2021 10:40 AM | With information from DPA 15 minutes. The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, used her power as president of the Senate to break the tie in the vote on the 1.9 trillion financial aid package developed by the Biden Administration to respond to the coronavirus crisis , before the complete opposition of the 50 Republican senators. The vote in the Senate does not automatically make this new budget law. However, it is a crucial step for its final approval through the signature of the US president. Kamala Harris resorted to her vote in the Senate faster than any other vice president in the country’s recent history, reports The Hill. His predecessor, Mike Pence, took just over a month to exercise this power. He cast his first vote to break a tie on February 7. Democrat Chuck Schumer, Senate Majority Leader, said via...
    WASHINGTON -- Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first-ever tie-breaking vote in the Senate early Friday morning on a budget resolution that's a key step toward fast-track passage of President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without Republican support."The yeas are 50. The nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative. And the concurrent resolution as amended is adopted," she declared around 5:30 a.m. to the applause of fellow Democrats.The action came after a grueling all-night session, where senators voted on amendments that could define the contours of the eventual COVID-19 aid bill. The budget now returns to the House, where it will have to be approved again due to the changes made by the Senate.The Democrats technically have the majority, counting the tie-breaking vote of Harris, but with the chamber split 50-50, Republicans -- united -- could hold up legislation in...
    The House of Representatives on Friday passed an updated budget resolution sent over from the Senate that paves the way for Democrats to push through President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package without needing any GOP support. The vote was 219-209 to adopt the budget framework that the Senate approved early Friday morning thanks to a tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Kamala Harris.  The measure unlocks the process for lawmakers to now draft a final coronavirus relief bill under the budget reconciliation rules that would let Democrats avoid a GOP filibuster and pass the major stimulus legislation on their own as long as their caucus remains united. SENATE ADOPTS BUDGET RESOLUTION FOR CORONAVIRUS RELIEF AFTER REPUBLICANS SQUEEZE DEMS IN MARATHON VOTE-A-RAMA House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democratic leaders huddled with Biden at the White House Friday afternoon. Pressed on whether they'd finalize the major aid package before March 14 when...
    The House approved a Senate budget resolution Friday, kicking off the process of passing President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid aid package. Top House Democrats ahead of the vote met with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris “where we discussed how this legislation meets the needs of the American people,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, said Friday. The House will begin writing the bill next week, when the Senate is set to be consumed by former President Trump’s impeachment trial, which is scheduled to begin Feb. 9. It is expected to largely mirror Biden’s proposal, including his provision to raise the minimum wage to $15. The budget measure includes language that will allow Senate Democrats to pass a Covid aid bill over the objections of GOP lawmakers by lowering the required votes for passage from 60 to 51. The Senate, which is split evenly between Democrats and Republicans,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate early Friday approved a budget resolution that’s a key step toward fast-track passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without support from Republicans. Vice President Kamala Harris was in the chair to cast the tie-breaking vote, her first. Democrats in the chamber applauded after Harris announced the 51-50 vote at around 5:30 a.m. The action came after a grueling all-night session, where senators voted on amendments that could define the contours of the eventual COVID-19 aid bill. The vote was split along party lines, with all Democrats in favor, all Republicans against The budget now returns to the House, where it will have to be approved again due to the changes made by the Senate. Final passage will unlock the next phase in drafting of the virus relief bill, with the work divided among several congressional committees. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer...
    Vice President Kamala Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote early Friday morning, providing Senate Democrats a simple majority to go forward with a coronavirus stimulus package despite a lack of Republican support. Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote around 5:30 a.m. for the budget resolution. The resolution will enable Democrats to use budget reconciliation and bypass the Senate filibuster to push through a $1.9 trillion relief deal, according to ABC 13. And with Vice President @KamalaHarris casting the crucial tie-breaking vote, at 5:30am after 14 hours of debate, the Senate has passed a $1.9 trillion budget for COVID relief. Georgia voters made this possible. — Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) February 5, 2021 “The yeas are 50, the nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative. And the concurrent resolution as amended is adopted,” Harris said. (RELATED: ‘This Is Fake’: Chip Roy Slams COVID-19 Relief Process)...
    President Joe Biden is meeting with congressional Democrats Friday morning to discuss next steps in passing the president's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal, after the Senate narrowly passed a budget resolution early Friday morning — a key step toward approving the bill without any Republican support. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote in passing the budget resolution around 5:30 a.m. after a lengthy "vote-a-rama" on dozens of amendments. Passing the resolution was an important step in the process known as budget reconciliation, which allows legislation to pass in the Senate with only a simple majority instead of the typical 60-vote threshold. The House passed the budget resolution earlier this week.How to watch Biden and Harris discuss the American Rescue Plan today What: President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris discuss the American Rescue Plan and Mr. Biden makes remarks on the state of the U.S. economy...
    Washington — The Senate passed a budget resolution very early Friday morning, a key step for the Democratic-controlled Congress to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal without any Republican votes. The 51-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie, came after an all-night marathon "vote-a-arama." The "vote-a-rama" included 41 votes with dozens of amendments considered. Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote as vice president, allowing the resolution to finally pass shortly before 6 a.m. with support from all 50 Democratic senators. The Senate voted to reject a major component of the Biden plan — raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. In a voice vote, senators narrowly approved an amendment from Iowa Republican Joni Ernst that would ban the increase during a pandemic. However, the increase could be restored when the final measure is hashed out. Passing a budget resolution is part of a...
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate just wrapped its budget reconciliation process with the first-ever tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Kamala Harris, providing Democrats with a simple majority to proceed with its coronavirus stimulus package without Republican support.The measure, which the House is expected to adopt later today, sets aside room for up to $1.89 trillion in deficit spending to combat the pandemic and provide financial aid to millions while the economy recovers. The implementing legislation for the budget reconciliation package, which Democrats used to sidestep the Senate's usual 60-vote filibuster threshold and pass with a simple majority, will start to take shape in a dozen House committees next week.It was Harris' first tie-breaking vote in the Senate."The yays are 50. The nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative. And the concurrent resolution as amended is adopted," she declared just after 5:30 a.m....
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate just wrapped its budget reconciliation process with the tie-breaking vote cast by Vice President Kamala Harris, providing Democrats with a simple majority to proceed with its coronavirus stimulus package without Republican support.The measure, which the House is expected to adopt later today, sets aside room for up to $1.89 trillion in deficit spending to combat the pandemic and provide financial aid to millions while the economy recovers.The implementing legislation for the budget reconciliation package, which Democrats used to sidestep the Senate's usual 60-vote filibuster threshold and pass with a simple majority, will start to take shape in a dozen House committees next week.It was Harris' first tie-breaking vote in the Senate."The yays are 50. The nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vice president votes in the affirmative. And the concurrent resolution as amended is adopted," she declared just after 5:30 a.m. Friday.This breaking...
    Early on Friday morning, the Senate passed a budget resolution that will allow Democrats to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill without the support of Republicans, as reported by The Hill. The budget was approved with a 50-50 party-line vote that saw Vice President Kamala Harris step in as the deciding vote. There were also dozens of amendments added to the resolution, meaning it will be sent back to the House for approval once again. That could be done as soon as Friday. While the budget resolution is not a proper bill, it is necessary if Democrats hope to use their majority to pass measures such as the coronavirus relief and avoid the Senate’s 60-vote legislative filibuster. “We have moved forward. Many bipartisan amendments were adopted… This was a giant first step. We will keep working as hard as we can to pass this legislation through the...
    Vice President Harris cast her first tie-breaking votes early Friday morning helping Senate Democrats pass a budget resolution that greenlights them passing coronavirus relief without GOP support.  Harris, who served in the Senate for roughly four years before stepping down to become vice president, arrived at the Capitol on Friday hours into the Senate's all-night vote-a-rama on the budget resolution.  Harris arrived in the chamber, swapping out with Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyFinding common ground on stopping the next pandemic Proposal for permanent Capitol fencing sparks bipartisan pushback Biden wants Democrats to keep Trump trial short MORE (D-Conn.), who had been presiding. The two exchanged an elbow bump and chatted briefly.  Harris then presided over the Senate for three votes, breaking ties on two of them.  Harris cast her first tie-breaking vote on a final amendment from Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSanders, Ocasio-Cortez, Blumenauer aim to require Biden to declare...
    U.S. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer speaks to reporters in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.Kevin Lamarque | Reuters The Senate passed a budget resolution, moving forward with the process toward passing a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill after a marathon of votes on dozens of amendments. The House approved a budget measure on Wednesday. The chamber will have to vote again after the Senate passes a separate version. Approval of a resolution will allow Democrats to forge ahead with the budget reconciliation process, which enables the party to pass a rescue package with no Republican votes. While President Joe Biden has said he hopes 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 support. Without using reconciliation, Democrats would have to win 10 Republicans over in a Senate split 50-50. The budget...
    The "vote-a-rama" in the Senate that started at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday concluded shortly before 6 a.m. Friday after a marathon process in which Republicans forced Democrats to take votes on tough issues for more than 15 hours.  The Senate adopted a budget resolution under reconciliation for coronavirus relief 51-50 with Vice President Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.  Senate Republicans were taking advantage of a Senate procedure that allows them to propose a plethora of amendments to the budget resolution Democrats are using to advance their coronavirus stimulus plan. The process, called budget reconciliation, will allow Democrats to pass a coronavirus stimulus plan without help from Republicans if their caucus remains united.  REPUBLICANS PUT DEMOCRATS ON THE SPOT OVER STIMULUS CHECKS, TAXES IN MARATHON 'VOTE-A-RAMA' Senate Minority Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated that Republicans would drag out the process with the aim of extracting a pound of flesh from Democrats in uncomfortable votes. ...
    Senate Democrats approved a budget resolution early Friday morning that will allow them to pass coronavirus relief without GOP support. The budget passed the Senate in a 50-50 party-line vote with Vice President Harris breaking the tie. Because senators made changes to the resolution, it now bounces back to the House where lawmakers will need to pass it for a second time as soon as Friday. The budget resolution doesn’t get signed into law, but it's the first step for being able to pass a subsequent coronavirus relief bill that can bypass the 60-vote legislative filibuster in the Senate. The budget, effectively a shell bill, authorizes a $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill and includes instructions to congressional committees on drafting the legislation under reconciliation, the tool Democrats are using to sideline Republicans in the Senate. Democrats now have to craft and negotiate the coronavirus legislation. If they try to pass a bill without...
    Democrats inched closer toward passing their $1.9 trillion relief package along a path that requires no Republican support on Thursday, though the process was put on a brief pause as lawmakers carried out a budget "vote-a-rama." The marathon voting process began at the conclusion of a debate on the budget resolution, giving Republicans a chance to flex some political might. Before Democrats can move forward with their budget resolution, the chamber must vote on all measures brought forth by members during the vote-a-rama. Once the budget resolution is approved, Democrats will have the tools they need to proceed with their COVID relief package plans without Republican support – assuming all members of the party are on board. The amendments proposed will not alter U.S. policy regardless of whether they pass. Approved budget resolutions are not technically law, and the amendments are also nonbinding and will have no effect on...
    The House will have to approve a budget resolution that paves the way for Democrats to pass a coronavirus relief bill without GOP support for a second time this week.  The House initially passed its budget resolution on Wednesday, but the Senate amended the resolution shortly after starting what's expected to be an hours-long process known as vote-a-rama. The Senate has been voting consecutively for roughly five hours on amendments to the budget resolution.  The Senate started changing the budget immediately when an amendment from Sens. Roger WickerRoger Frederick WickerSenate panel advances Biden's Commerce secretary pick in 21-3 vote Kaine eyes next week to file censure aiming to bar Trump from future office Trump censure faces tough odds in Senate MORE (R-Miss.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) related to the restaurant industry successfully got attached.  Then Sen. Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungBack to the future: America must renew its commitment to scientific inquiry The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden...
    (CNN)At some point in the next 24 hours -- after a long process of voting on a series of amendments -- the Senate will pass their budget resolution to unlock their ability to write and pass a major Covid-relief bill with just 51 votes. A reminder: the budget resolution is not the Covid-relief bill. It is just the shell that gives committees the ability to go on and write the Covid-relief bill and eventually pass it with just a simple majority. First, however, lawmakers will have to get through what is known as a budget vote-a-rama. Usually in the legislative process, lawmakers can use a series of procedural maneuvers to avoid voting on amendments. In a budget resolution, you can't do that. You cannot hold a final vote on a budget resolution until all the amendments have been "disposed of" or in simpler terms "voted on." The practice involves votes...
    The House passed on Wednesday a budget resolution that will help pave the way for clearing a major COVID-19 aid package over Republican opposition. The Senate passed a budget resolution on Tuesday. The two chambers, run by Democrats, plan to use the resolution to allow a COVID-19 aid package to clear the Senate with only 51 votes rather than the usual 60 votes. Both bills provide instructions for legislation that largely adhere to a $1.9 billion COVID-19 aid framework provided by President Biden that would provide a new round of stimulus checks, additional unemployment insurance, and $350 billion for state and local governments. The House will likely have to vote on the Senate budget resolution, which is subject to dozens of amendments starting Thursday. House Democrats said they anticipate voting on the Senate version as early as Friday. Democrats are aiming to pass the COVID-19 aid deal by...
    Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGreene's future on House committees in limbo after GOP meeting GOP lawmaker pushes measure to remove Omar from Foreign Affairs panel House Republicans gear up for conference meeting amid party civil war MORE (R-Ky.) on Wednesday announced that Republicans will force Democrats to take tough votes on issues ranging from stimulus checks for illegal immigrants to higher taxes on small businesses when the Senate moves a budget resolution this week. “We’ll be getting senators on the record about whether taxpayers should fund checks for illegal immigrants … whether Democrats should raise taxes on small businesses in the midst of this historic crisis … and whether generous federal funding should poor into school districts where the unions refuse to let schools open,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “This is just a small taste,” he added. Senate Republicans will have an opportunity to offer an unlimited...
    Washington — The Senate on Tuesday cleared a procedural hurdle on the road to passing President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal, a signal that congressional Democrats will continue to move forward with a vote to provide more economic assistance whether or not Republicans come to the negotiating table. "We cannot, cannot afford to dither, delay or dilute. We need a big, bold package along the lines of what President Biden has proposed, the American Relief Plan. We hope that our Republican colleagues will join us in offering amendments," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech ahead of the vote on Tuesday. A motion to proceed to debate over the budget resolution that serves as the vehicle for the aid package passed by a 50 to 49 vote along party lines in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon. Democrats are eschewing the traditional method of passing legislation in...
    Senate Democrats took a first step on Tuesday toward passing a coronavirus relief bill — with or without GOP support. The Senate voted 50-49 to proceed to a budget resolution that greenlights passing a separate coronavirus relief bill through reconciliation, avoiding a 60-vote legislative filibuster. The House is expected to pass its budget resolution on Wednesday. The Senate will now need to go through tens of hours of debate and a marathon session known as a vote-a-rama, before they can hold a final vote on the budget resolution. Democratic leaders voiced confidence that they would have the support from within the caucus to get started. Because Democrats have a slim 50-seat majority they need the support from every member of the caucus to advance and ultimately pass the budget resolution in the face of what is shaping up to be unanimous opposition from Senate Republicans. "The Senate must move forward...
    Senate Democrats advanced a key budget resolution Tuesday that paves the way for speedy and unilateral passage of a $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package. Democrats pass the resolution 50-49. The measure largely replicates a proposal sent to Congress from President Biden, providing $1.9 trillion in new aid. It includes instructions for House and Senate lawmakers to craft legislation that provides a new round of $1,400 stimulus checks, $400-per-week enhancement in unemployment insurance and $350 billion for state and local governments to compensate for lost tax revenue during the pandemic. The measure excludes language in the Biden bill to increase the minimum wage to $15 billion. The budget resolution will allow Democrats to pass the Covid aid bill with just 51 votes, rather than the usual 60 votes. Republicans oppose the Covid aid measure and say it should be narrowed to target combating the virus and providing new stimulus checks...
    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., bowed to immense pressure Tuesday and announced he would vote in favor of a budget resolution Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,  brought forward Monday that should lay the groundwork for President Biden’s $1.9T Covid relief package.  Manchin said he would vote in favor of the budget resolution but would continue to fight for bipartisanship in the process of negotiations.  Through the resolution, House and Senate committees would be able to draft parts of a filibuster-proof budget reconciliation bill. It’s not clear that Manchin will vote for the final bill Democrats come up with, but if he does a final bill could pass without any Republican support.  "The resolution I’m going to support - this process. I only support this if it's an open process. But it is urgent. This is the only way we can get a bipartisan package," Manchin told reporters Tuesday. The West...
    NEW $1,400 stimulus checks could be sent out next week as the Senate vote on the $1.9 trillion Covid relief budget today. Senate Majority leader Charles Schumer has urged Republicans to "cooperate" as the initial procedural vote goes ahead this afternoon. 1The budget resolution is expected to pass on WednesdayCredit: Getty Images - Getty Once the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill is passed, it will allow Democrats to avoid a 60-vote filibuster for a separate relief bill. The relief package, called the American Rescue Plan is facing pushback from Republican lawmakers, who in 2020 resisted Dem's efforts to pass a $2 trillion bill. "The Senate is going to move forward this week with the process for producing the next bold rescue package. "The Senate will vote to proceed on the budget resolution this afternoon," Schumer said. The budget resolution is expected to pass on Wednesday. The decision...
    The Senate will vote Tuesday afternoon on a motion to proceed with the budget resolution for President Biden's $1.9 trillion proposal responding to the coronavirus pandemic, a signal that congressional Democrats are willing to move forward with a vote on economic relief whether or not Republicans come to the negotiating table. "We are not going to dilute, dither or delay," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday. "The Senate must move forward today with a vote to begin debate on a budget resolution, and I'm optimistic that the motion to proceed will pass." Democrats are planning to eschew the traditional method of passing legislation in the Senate, which requires 60 votes to end debate on most legislation, in favor of an expedited process known as budget reconciliation that allows legislation to pass with a simple majority of 51 votes. Schumer and House Speaker Nancy...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTwo-handed bipartisanship — the remedy for political tribalism Fallen Capitol Police officer to lie in honor in Rotunda Senate Democrats say consideration of cannabis reforms will be a priority MORE (D-N.Y.) said the Senate will start on Tuesday to lay the groundwork for passing a coronavirus relief bill with only a simple majority. Schumer, speaking from the Senate floor, said the Senate would take an initial procedural vote on Tuesday afternoon to proceed to a budget resolution. The bill, once passed, will allow Democrats to avoid a 60-vote filibuster for a separate coronavirus relief bill. "The Senate is going to move forward this week with the process for producing the next bold rescue package. ...The Senate will vote to proceed on the budget resolution this afternoon," Schumer said. Schumer and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden, GOP senators agree to more COVID-19 talks after 'excellent' first...
    Washington — Democratic leaders in Congress filed a joint budget resolution Monday that kicks off the process for passing President Biden's sweeping coronavirus relief plan without Republican support, announcing the measure just before a group of 10 Republican senators are set to meet with the president at the White House about their own framework. The budget resolution filed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is the first step in the budget reconciliation process, which would allow Congress to swiftly approve Mr. Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus package with a simple majority. The resolution contains reconciliation instructions that lay out which congressional committees are responsible for drafting the legislation and how much they can spend. Once both the House and Senate pass the resolutions, the committees can get to work on the reconciliation bill. "Congress has a responsibility to quickly deliver immediate comprehensive relief to the American...
    Reuters February 1, 2021 0 Comments Top Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives filed a joint $1.9 trillion budget measure on Monday, in a step toward bypassing Republicans on COVID-19 relief before President Joe Biden met with Republican senators. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the plan to file a fiscal-year 2021 budget measure in the Senate and House, saying it would allow Congress to fast-track a coronavirus package for passage by both chambers. With Republicans pushing back on Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, the budget measure would allow Democrats to bypass a 60-vote threshold in the closely divided Senate and enact coronavirus legislation with a simple majority through a procedure called reconciliation. It would mark the first time congressional Democrats used the maneuver to flex their legislative muscle since winning razor-thin control of the Senate. The 100-seat Senate is divided 50-50, with Vice President...
    Washington (CNN)As President Joe Biden pursues a bipartisan Covid-19 relief deal, Senate Democrats are laying the groundwork for passing relief without any Republican votes using a procedural shortcut known as budget reconciliation.Reconciliation could allow Democrats to fast track key aspects of Biden's agenda, from Covid-19 relief to infrastructure, but the process comes with a strict set of rules attached. Here's what you need to know:What is budget reconciliation?The reconciliation process was set up as part of the 1974 Congressional Budget Act to make it faster and easier to pass legislation related to spending, taxes, and debt, because debate on the bills is limited to 20 hours and can be passed on a simple majority vote. Read MoreBudget reconciliation allows lawmakers to bypass the 60-vote threshold typically required for breaking filibusters and moving legislation forward. Democrats currently control exactly 50 seats in the 100-seat chamber, and Vice President Kamala Harris holds...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCongressional Democrats are on the wrong side of impeachment politics Proposal for permanent Capitol fencing sparks bipartisan pushback Immigration reform can't wait MORE (D-N.Y.) vowed on Monday that the Senate would take up a "bold" coronavirus relief package, appearing to reject a smaller offer from Republicans.  "Congress must pursue a bold and robust course of action. It makes no sense to pinch pennies when so many Americans are struggling," Schumer said from the Senate floor.   Schumer and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBiden meeting with GOP senators Monday on coronavirus relief Portman says Republican leadership 'ought to stand up' against Greene's comments Congressional Democrats are on the wrong side of impeachment politics MORE (D-Calif.) on Monday filed a joint budget resolution. It's a first step that would allow Democrats to pass a coronavirus bill through reconciliation, enabling them to avoid a 60-vote Senate filibuster.   The budget resolution includes...
    (CNN)Senate Democrats are staring down a massive undertaking as they plan to push ahead with reconciliation, a process that will be an early test of party unity even if it allows them to pass a $1.9 trillion Covid relief proposal without any Republican votes. New Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has absolutely no room for error and he must convince every single Democrat to vote together or risk letting Biden's first legislative priority falter under his leadership. The House and Senate could move as soon as next week on a budget resolution that gives committees instructions to begin work on the $1.9 trillion relief bill. While not every Democrat has publicly voiced how they would vote on the resolution and the price tag of the bill is still up for debate, many have said they are comfortable taking that first step even if they have concerns about what will ultimately end...
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) takes questions as she holds her weekly news conference with Capitol Hill reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January 28, 2021.Tom Brenner | Reuters The House will forge ahead next week with the process that would allow Democrats to pass a coronavirus relief bill without Republican support, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. The California Democrat said her chamber will move to pass a budget resolution, the first step toward approving legislation through reconciliation. The process would enable Senate Democrats to approve an aid measure without GOP votes. Pelosi said the House plans to pass a resolution and send it across the Capitol, where the Senate will also have to pass a budget measure. She expects that "by the end of the week we'll be finished with the budget resolution." The speaker said she hopes Democrats can still win GOP support for President Joe...
    Reuters January 27, 2021 0 Comments U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer said he informed Democratic senators Tuesday that a vote on a budget resolution, a possible first step toward passing another round of coronavirus relief using a procedural tool called “reconciliation,” could come as early as next week. “I informed senators to be prepared, that a vote on a budget resolution could come as early as next week,” Schumer told a press conference. (Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he’s ready to start moving on a Democrat-only COVID-19 relief plan as soon as next week if Republicans continue to reject President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion proposal. “In keeping our options open, on our caucus call today I informed senators to be prepared that a vote on a budget resolution could come as early as next week,” Schumer said at a press briefing Tuesday. “We have to see what they say in the next few days,” he said of the Republicans. A budget resolution is the first step toward a so-called reconciliation bill, which allows the Senate to proceed on a simple-majority vote basis -- avoiding the need for 60 votes to cut off the filibuster. It makes all the difference given the chamber’s partisan 50-50 split. The catch, however, is that not all of Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan is likely to qualify for...
    (CNN)Democrats are swiftly moving to unlock an arcane Senate budget process to pass a Covid-19 relief bill with just Democratic votes even as the Biden administration continues their outreach to Republican senators to make the bill bipartisan.Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday that the Senate could move as soon as next week to pass a budget resolution. That would be a first step in beginning the process to write a bill that would include Democratic priorities and could pass the Senate with just 51 votes."In keeping our options open, on our caucus call today, I informed senators to be prepared that a vote on a budget resolution could come as early as next week," Schumer said.Still, passing a budget resolution is just the first step in what is known as reconciliation, a specific and technical Senate budget process that allows passage of some legislation with just a simple majority. A...
    Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerMcConnell: Power-sharing deal can proceed after Manchin, Sinema back filibuster Justice watchdog to probe whether officials sought to interfere with election Capitol insurrection fallout: A PATRIOT Act 2.0? MORE (D-N.Y.) told Democrats on a conference call on Tuesday that they could vote as soon as next week on a budget resolution that would pave the way for coronavirus legislation to pass the chamber with a simple majority. Schumer, who disclosed the detail to reporters during a press conference, didn't commit to using reconciliation — a budget process that bypasses the 60-vote filibuster — but warned that Democrats were willing to go it alone. "We want to work with our Republican colleagues to advance this legislation," Schumer said. "[But] we're keeping all our options open, on the table, including budget reconciliation." "In keeping our options open on our caucus call today I informed senators to be...
    House Democrats are moving forward on a COVID-19 relief bill, preparing to ditch the Senate Republicans and provide critical relief to the American people without them. Initial votes could come as soon as next week, and President Joe Biden has signed off on using the procedure—budget reconciliation—to get his relief package through as Republicans in the Senate continue to obstruct. "Reconciliation is a means of getting a bill passed. There are a number of means of getting bills passed. That does not mean, regardless of how the bill is passed, that Democrats and Republicans cannot both vote for it," White House press secretary Jen Psaki said. "So the president obviously wants to make this bipartisan, hence he's engaging with members of both parties and he remains committed to that." House Budget Chairman John Yarmuth said Monday that he is preparing the reconciliation instructions for the package, and is even going to...
            by Ted O’Neil  About 97 million Americans say they plan to make a New Year’s resolution for 2021 that involves their financial situation, compared to 66 million who said they’ve done so in the past, according to a new survey by WalletHub. Of those who responded to the survey, more than a third say their top financial resolution will be to save more money. With that in mind, WalletHub came up with suggestions that can help you save more and spend less. The top priority is to make a realistic budget and stick to it. Americans will end 2020 with a cumulative $900 billion in credit card debt, which the National Foundation for Credit Counseling says is because only five in 10 adults have a budget. “A budget is not a way of punishing yourself,” Michael Kinsman, an accounting professor at Pepperdine University, said. “It is, instead,...
    SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio City Council declared racism a public health crisis on Thursday, passing a resolution that, among other promises, “commits to advocating for racial justice as a core element of all policies, programs, and procedures.” The resolution was passed by all council members, except District 8 Councilman Manny Pelaez, who was absent, and District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry, who abstained from voting. The resolution does not make any immediate changes. However, it includes various commitments to pursue racial equity, like reviewing policies and procedures to eliminate racial bias and working with historically marginalized communities to find solutions for health equity issues. Residents and council members alike noted that actual action would still need to follow.  "We are here for systemic change and not just for check-the-box exercises," said the city's Chief Equity Officer Zan Gibbs, who presented the resolution to council members.  The resolution resulted from...
    Get more in-depth, daily coverage of Chicago politics at The Daily Line. CHICAGO — Cook County will work to steer its multibillion-dollar budget away from police and jails in favor of initiatives like health care, restorative justice and job creation in the coming years, according to a resolution approved by commissioners in a 15-1 vote on Thursday. The Justice for Black Lives Resolution (20-2867), introduced last month by Comm. Brandon Johnson (D-1), says county leaders “should engage in efforts to redirect funds from policing and incarceration to public services not administered by law enforcement.” While non-binding, the resolution represents a sea change in priorities for the county, which this year dedicated nearly one-fifth of its budget to maintaining its behemoth jail and courts system. RELATED: County leaders endorse step toward winding down jail, court funding as grim budget decisions loom “We know that funding once earmarked for the police needs to flow into neighborhoods...
    City officials in Asheville, North Carolina, approved reparations for black residents. The Asheville City Council apologized Tuesday for the area’s historic role in slavery and voted to approve reparations for the black community. "Hundreds of years of black blood spilled that basically fills the cup we drink from today," Councilman Keith Young said. "It is simply not enough to remove statutes. Black people in this country are dealing with issues that are systemic in nature.” The council voted 7-0 Tuesday evening on the resolution. The resolution will create the Community Reparations Commission, which will advise city officials on how to appropriately spend funds and create programs for reparations. Funds won’t be given directly to descendants of slaves, but assets will be allocated to areas “that traditionally see racial disparities,” according to WYFF News. "The resulting budgetary and programmatic priorities may include but not be limited to...
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