Likewise, Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer told Senate Democrats on Tuesday in a conference call that the budget resolution that would bring about reconciliation for the package could be voted on next week. “We want to work with our Republican counterparts to drive this legislation forward. […] [But] We are keeping all our options open, including the budget vote, “Schumer told reporters.” While keeping our options open on our caucus call today, I informed the senators that they should be prepared for a vote on a budget resolution to be as early as possible next week, “said Schumer.
House and Senate Budget Chairs – Rep. John Yarmuth and Senator Bernie Sanders are already set for reconciliation after starting work on the process, and with Pelosi’s letter, the chairs of the bills committees are at work . Sanders told reporters, “We’re working on it right now. We’re working on it right now. […] If the Republicans aren’t ready to get on board, that’s fine. We won’t wait. We are moving forward soon and aggressively. “
Sanders and his team may need to be aggressive with some Democrats, as well as his independent colleague Angus King. King is already complaining about the $ 1.9 trillion price tag Biden’s plan brings with it. Senator Joe Manchin believes that the $ 1,400 direct payments should only be sent to those on lower incomes. The problem associated with this is that the incomes that payments are based on is what people reported in 2019. A lot of people made a lot less last year than they did in 2019, with this whole pandemic. It makes the most sense to give everyone their money – and more of $ 2,000 a month up to the normal rate of return – and sort it out later in tax reform. Unfortunately, the White House listens to these people even though they have made no commitments.