Early this morning the Senate passed a budget which will allow them to fast-track the $2 trillion COVID package using budget reconciliation, with no Republican support:
NY POST – The Senate early Friday narrowly approved a budget resolution for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package — allowing Democrats to push the legislation through Congress without Republican support.
The upper chamber ended the “vote-a-rama,” which began at about 2:30 p.m. Thursday, by adopting the resolution in a 51-50 vote, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote.
It marked the first time Harris — in her capacity as president of the Senate — cast a tie-breaking vote after becoming veep on Jan. 20.
The adoption allows the Senate to proceed toward a final bill under the budget reconciliation rules, which would let the Dems pass a coronavirus stimulus plan by circumventing a GOP filibuster if their caucus remains united.
It’s being reported that the COVID package would send $1,400 checks to people making less than $50k/yr, with partial payments going to those about $50k.
Some Democrats are not happy because Biden’s promise was for $2k checks, not $1,400:
Liar indeed. But I doubt this discrepancy will make a difference to most people.