Chuck Schumer, U.S. Senate minority Democrat, Democrat of New York, speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021.
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After the second impeachment proceedings against former President Donald Trump, the Democrats will pass another coronavirus aid package within a few weeks.
The Senate acquitted Trump on Saturday of having instigated an uprising against the government after five days. Both the Democratic Houses of Congress and President Joe Biden will now turn their full attention to enforcing a $ 1.9 trillion relief bill before major unemployment programs expire on March 14th.
On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Urged lawmakers to prepare to work through February 26 and the following weekend to pass the Aid Act. House Democratic Caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries will hold calls this week with members of committees that are drafting the legislation, NBC News reported.
House Panels have further developed important parts of the bill, which the Budget Committee will summarize into a mammoth proposal in the coming days. Congress has to go through a longer-than-usual process to approve the plan through the budget vote, an instrument that allows Democrats to pass it without a Republican vote in the Senate.
Potential pitfalls await Democrats as they try to pass a bill that party leaders say will speed up the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines and alleviate economic problems caused by public health restrictions. You must follow rules that restrict what lawmakers can include in budget reconciliation plans.
If the party doesn’t win the support of Republicans who are skeptical about spending more, every Senate Democrat must get on board for the bill to pass. At least two Democratic senators – Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona – have expressed skepticism about parts of the plan.
Biden, who will be traveling to Wisconsin for an event at CNN City Hall on Tuesday, views the pandemic as a “top priority,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday.
Parliament’s proposed aid package would send payments of up to $ 1,400 to most Americans, introduce a weekly unemployment benefit supplement of $ 400 and an existing unemployment insurance expansion by August 29, and $ 350 billion to struggling states , local and tribal send governments. It would also pour $ 20 billion into a national vaccination program and send $ 170 billion to schools and colleges to reopen costs and help students, among other things.
Republicans criticized the plan’s price of nearly $ 2 trillion, particularly questioning the cost of school funding and direct payments. A group of GOP senators offered Biden a counterproposal worth around $ 600 billion, but it was labeled too small to address the crisis.
The president has said he would rather pass a larger piece of legislation now than lock in weeks or months of talks just to approve a smaller proposal.
A special part of the house plan could challenge the process for Democrats. The bill includes a proposal to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour by 2025.
It is currently unclear whether the Senate MP will allow the measure as part of the reconciliation. Manchin and Sinema have both criticized the minimum wage increase and could lower it even if Senate rules allow it in final legislation.
If the Senate passes a different bill than the House, the representatives would have to meet again to re-approve the legislation.
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