Schumer says "we'll have the votes" to pass COVID relief bill
Schumer says "we'll have the votes" to pass COVID relief bill
Senior Democrats abandon backup plan on $15 per hour minimum wage hike
03 March, 2021, 16:26
Scrapping the filibuster would require 50 votes in the Senate plus a tie-breaking vote from Harris, a level of support that can not be achieved without the assent of Manchin-who supported reforming the filibuster a decade ago-and Sen.
But now senior Democrats - including Wyden and Sanders - are walking away from that backup effort as well, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal discussions. The economic aid bill now under consideration provides a quarter-trillion dollars for unemployment benefits through August, including $400 per week paid by the federal government above what people would normally receive from their state. The credit, based on the taxpayer's 2020 income, would normally be a lump sum on an individual or family's income tax return but will instead be delivered as a monthly payment from the IRS for $250 or $300, depending on the child's or children's age, for a full year to help families affected by the pandemic.
Democratic senators were privately discussing reallocating at least some of the huge pot of money.
This is the soul of the Democratic Party, he said of the proposal.
Democrats have a very narrow majority in the upper house: there are 50 Democrats and 50 Republicans but in the event of a tie Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris casts a deciding vote.
It is unclear whether Sanders' amendment will be able to reach the threshold to pass, as Democratic Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema have expressed concern about raising the minimum wage to $15.
In brief remarks after the House vote, Biden addressed lawmakers in the Senate, "where I hope it will receive quick action", he said.
Democrats are rushing to pass the economic aid bill before the latest round of pandemic-related unemployment access expires March 14 for up to 10 million Americans.
"Given the enormous crises facing working families today, we can not allow a minority of the Senate to obstruct what the vast majority of the American people want and need". That is certain to be divisive and draw strong opposition from progressives.
Republican Sen. J.D. Mesnard says he supports the bill to avoid the cost of mailing ballots to people who apparently don't want them.
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said he wants the bill's $350 billion for state and local governments to specify minimum amounts for municipal governments and has called for $50 billion to improve broadband coverage. Last year, under a Republican Senate and a Republican administration, Congress passed five historic coronavirus relief bills, five of them.
Raising the minimum wage has broad support among Democrats.
Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Ron Wyden of OR followed up with a backup proposal to levy penalties on large corporations that didn't pay workers below an undetermined wage.
It was never clear that the idea had won enough support from Senate Democrats to survive.
The White House did not embrace the proposals, and some House Democrats reacted coolly to the plan, which would have affected only a fraction of workers paid the minimum wage.
If the Senate makes changes, the House would need to decide if the new bill is worth passing or the two chambers would need to meet and draft an agreeable piece of legislation.
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