Congress passed a Budget Resolution, paving the way for Biden's COVID-19 relief law

Congress passed a Budget Resolution, paving the way for Biden’s COVID-19 relief law


The House of Representatives on Friday (Feb. 5) passed a revised Senate Budget Resolution, paving the way for the passing of Mr. Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion COVID-19 bailout plan without need Republican approval.

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The budget resolution was passed by the House of Representatives with 219 votes in favor and 209 votes against.

Rep. Jared Golden (Maine) is the only Democrat to join all Republicans to vote against this resolution.

Before that, the Senate had a 15-hour session to review the changes compared with the original proposal. The House of Representatives approved an earlier version of this Resolution on Wednesday.

Amendments include a stimulus package that should be spent only for narrower targets and for rural hospitals. The modifications are largely non-binding.

More controversial issues related to fracking (shale mining), the Keystone XL pipeline, and whether the stimulus package will be delivered to illegal immigrants have been removed in the last update. by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

At 5:30 am on February 5 (US time), the Senate held a closing vote.

The voting rate is 51 for and 50 against. The entire Republican party voted no. This balance forced Ms. Kamala Harris to vote the decisive, winning for the Democrats.

New budget resolution initiates a process called reconciliation. This process allows the Senate to pass a plan to simply replace a majority instead of the usual 60 votes, bypassing the possibility of Republicans using filibuster (extending the time).

The budget resolution is an important step in turning the $ 1.9 trillion dollars in COVID 19 bailout into law.

The resolution includes instructions for Congressional committees to write down the laws of the federal budget. These guidelines follow the contents of Mr. Biden’s proposal, including a stimulus check of $ 1,400 a person, an extended emergency unemployment benefit, a vaccine distribution fund and a corona virus testing. , aid to state and local governments, and increase child tax credits and earned income tax credits, among other things.

Biden has signaled that he wants the bill to be passed with bipartisan support, but is willing to continue to act with only Democrats’ consent.

However, the resolution also gives Democrats strict time to draft legislation and to vote.

Nancy Pelosi said next Monday, the House of Representatives will immediately start working on the detailed provisions of the bill. She hopes to finalize the proposal within two weeks for the House of Representatives to vote on February 22, after which it will be sent to the Senate. Democrats must pass the bill before March 14 to be able to continue to extend unemployment benefits.

Democrats will also face strict budget rules in the Senate, which could force Mr. Biden to scrap his plan to raise minimum wages to $ 15 / h by 2025.

Mr. Biden’s $ 1,900 billion bailout package includes 415 billion to improve disease response and vaccine deployment, 1,000 billion to support families directly and about 440 billion for small businesses. and the community is heavily affected by the pandemic.

Xuan Lan (t / h)

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