Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Pelosi, Schumer Set to Ram COVID Plan Through GOP with Biden Support; Lip Service: Democrats Plan End Run of GOP Despite Calls for Unity, and related stories

Pelosi, Schumer set to ram COVID plan through GOP with Biden support
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday filed a resolution clearing the path for Democrats in Congress to ram through President Biden’s $1.9 trillion rescue plan without any Republican support.
Pelosi and Schumer announced their plan an hour before Biden was due to meet a group of 10 Republican lawmakers at the White House after they introduced a scaled back $600 billion relief deal.
“Congress has a responsibility to quickly deliver immediate comprehensive relief to the American people hurting from COVID-19,” Pelosi (D-Calif) and Schumer (D-NY) said in a statement.
“The cost of inaction is high and growing, and the time for decisive action is now.”
The new resolution contains a provision for a process known as “budget reconciliation,” which allows for the passage of some spending bills by a majority of 51 votes in the Senate. With Vice President Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote in the 50-50 chamber, Democrats could override Republicans’ concerns about the enormous package. --->READ MORE HERE
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Lip service: Democrats plan end run of GOP despite calls for unity:
Congressional Democrats say they are still committed to President Biden’s calls for unity, but they made clear this week that unity will be on their own terms as they laid the groundwork to circumvent Republicans in pursuit of a liberal agenda.
Their immediate focus is the next coronavirus relief package, where they are eyeing the budget process as a way to push through Mr. Biden’s $1.9 trillion proposal, including a $15 federal minimum wage, without needing a single Republican vote.
Democratic leaders say they will take the first steps on that path next week, though they said it’s a backup plan and they want Republicans to work with them. But they insisted the result will be something close to Mr. Biden’s plan, whether Republicans cooperate or not.
“Our preference is to make this important work bipartisan,” said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. “But if our Republican colleagues decide to oppose this urgent and necessary legislation, we will have to move forward without them.” --->READ MORE HERE
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