WASHINGTON — 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 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 D-N.Y., called passage of the resolution the “first big step to putting our country back on the road to recovery.”
By moving on a fast track, the goal for Democrats is to have COVID relief approved by March, when extra unemployment assistance and other pandemic aid expires. It’s an aggressive timeline that will test the ability of the new administration and Congress to deliver.
Biden, who has been meeting with lawmakers in recent days to discuss the package, will talk Friday at the White House with the House committee chairs who will be assembling the bill under the budget process known as “reconciliation.”
The marathon session brought test votes on several Democratic priorities, including a $15 minimum wage. The Senate by voice vote adopted an amendment from Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, opposed to raising the wage during the pandemic. Ernst said a wage hike at this time would be “devastating” for small businesses.
None of the amendments to the budget are binding on Democrats as they draft their COVID plan, but passage of a wage increase could prove difficult. Even if a $15 wage can get past procedural challenges in the final bill, passage will require the support from every Democrat in the 50-50 Senate, which could be a tall order.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a vocal proponent of the wage increase, vowed to press ahead. “We need to end the crisis of starvation wages,” he said.
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What happened to the so called “moderate” Joe Manchin that the Republicans In Name Only were “counting on”? On another note, on Lou Dobbs, when the Republicans In Name Only, decided to keep Liz Chaney in her chairmanship, they voted secretly, so no one would know who voted for Liz Impeachment Traitor, with regard to maintaining her chairmanship. Oh, how cute the deep state RINOS are. Also, Peter Navarro was on one of the Fox Stations and indicated that Bill Barr, refused to implement many of Trump’s executive orders and Navarro indicated that Trump should have fired Barr, a couple of months before Barr quit! Barr is a deep state disgrace!
Moderate?? Manchian is no more of a moderate than biden is!
And so it begins, the tie breaking votes that tie nooses about the neck of lady liberty’s people’s ability to self-govern, no longer just hung by the Democrats in effigy, but tossed upon the tree of Liberty, no longer watered by the blood of its patriots, but the blood of its infected political tyrants. Call it the historical great American Democrat bribe, to lock the incompetent into lifetimes of voting, and to ensnare and beguile the COVID fearful into trading a lot of their liberties for a little security, which like Franklin warned will result in neither liberty nor security in the end. Smart Self-governing people come together to form governments ONLY for them to do collectively what they as Self-governing individuals cannot do for themselves, like fight wars, arrest criminals, insure safe honest elections. This illegitimate Biden monstrosity of a government is unable to, or REFUSES to do any of the above, nor do they really seek to do anything that might enlarge and empower the strength of its individual citizens, whom they seek to control in social disablement and social dependency. How did a once adult government produce so many children in adult bodies, now proving so unfit for leading a matured American self-government?
THIS IS the result of them stealing both seats in Georgia.
I HOPE THOSE DOWN THERE are happy with their choice!
Absolutely disgusting. Why go through the charade at all? Rubber stamp everything. No thought, nor care at all for the American people. None.
Where are the Republican law suits stopping Sah Dam Biden’s executive orders? If this were the Dem’s 100% of these would have been contested. So this just proves that the Republicans and Democrats are one in the same and that Trump’s draining of the swamp had a plug in the drain in the form of Rhino’s.
To to not be comfortable with what we have and stand for our freedoms.
The’re too busy cowering under their tables, to bother with lawsuits..
Democrat’s are moving with lightening speed with their Fast and Furious vision of collapsing America. This damage is being done with many Republican’s assisting in our demise. With Biden’s executive orders, appointing bigots and socialist to his cabinet and government positions and his appeasement foreign policies – the 2022 election won’t mean a thing. At this point McConnell and McCarthy aren’t doing a damned thing to prevent future rigged elections.
How do you change a country’s culture—
change it from a capitalist system to a government controlled socialistic society.
Here is the playbook, and so far, the “Socialist Democrat Party State” appears to be making a lot of progress.
1. Healthcare — Control healthcare and you control the people
2. Welfare — Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income).
3. Education — Take control of what people read and listen to — take control of what children learn in school.
4. Religion — Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools
5. Class Warfare — Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
6. Debt — Increase the debt to an unsustainable level.
7. Gun Control — Remove the ability for the people to defend themselves from the Government.
8. Poverty — Increase the poverty level as high as possible. Poor people are easier to control and will keep socialists in power if they are providing everything for them to live.
Just another smoke screen to steer Americans away from the newly appointed pentagon head who has decided to hunt down every military Trump supporter remove them from the military and replace them with chinese militants.