Biden signals Democrats to pass COVID relief bill through reconciliation if necessary

While talking to reporters, President Joe Biden signaled to Senate Democrats on Friday that they should use budget reconciliation to pass his COVID relief bill if that’s the only way they can do it.

“I support passing COVID relief with support from Republicans if we can get it. But the COVID relief has to pass. No ifs, ands, or buts,” Biden said in answer to a question about whether budget reconciliation, which allows certain bills to be passed with a simple majority instead the usual 60 votes, should be used.

The $1.9 trillion spending bill would give hundreds of billions of dollars to states and cities, in essence bailing out poor-performing ones that were ailing long before the pandemic got going. It would also give another $1400 to each person in the U.S. to help the economy and boost incomes that may have been depressed during the pandemic.

Republicans have opposed using federal money to bail out states as well as adding another nearly two trillion dollars to the already bulging national debt.

Growing debt could have lasting consequences

Just last year, $4.2 trillion was added to the debt, and economists worry that it may be reaching dangerous levels.

According to the CBO, levels of debt that grow too high could lead investors to lose confidence in the U.S. and the dollar. In fact, this was beginning to happen during the years of Barack Obama’s presidency, but former President Donald Trump’s policies succeeded in making the dollar stronger despite growing debt.

Democrats argue that the bill is needed to keep the economy stable as the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage, but Republicans are not as convinced that it is really necessary.

After all, both New York and California have finally decided to begin reopening now that Trump is out of office, which should boost the economy nicely, at least for now. And the vaccine is being rolled out to high-risk groups, which should bring the number of coronavirus deaths down and lessen the need for closures and shutdowns.

Bipartisan push

Even if budget reconciliation is used to pass the huge bill, Biden is hoping some Republicans might jump on board anyway. “The president wants this to be a bipartisan package, regardless of the mechanisms,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during a White House press briefing on Thursday. “Republicans can still vote for a package even if it goes through reconciliation. There’s no blood oath.”

A few moderate Republicans may do just that, even if the Senate falls short of overcoming the filibuster. But should they?

The strong push for bipartisanship for the bill’s passage seems to suggest that Biden and the Democrats know that adding this much more debt is risky. After all, why would they not want to take sole credit and cut Republicans out if they thought the bill would be positive for the country as a whole?

If the ultimate result of the bill is deflation of the dollar’s valuation and inflation of prices within the U.S., I guess Biden doesn’t want the Democrats to be the only ones who get blamed.

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  1. These Dens have stood in the way from every thing that would help the lil man since the Trump ADM started. They pushed millions in hearing/ impeachments.. holding up the US, Canada, Mexican treaty to increase all workers a way to increase their $$. Every Trump proprosal aiding the US worker the Dems have stood in the way… Where are the patriot AMericans… instead of the lunatics called Dems/Communists…Wake up Patriots… these Dems have control of all media outlets. Our govt. Fight for our country… Do not let these people that are bought and paid for by the Chinese Communists take our country.

      1. Some people already got another $600 but I didn’t. My friends did. i don’t know how to get it now. i am 82 and have no family.

  2. The Republicans have one chance to force the Democrats to include and work with them. It takes 51 Senators to form a quorum, and that does not allow for Kamala to be included. So if no Republican shows up to vote, they cannot hold a vote.

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  4. How much money from this bill is going overseas? No one has mentioned that and the dems always make sure money goes overseas.

  5. More Illegal acts committed by Biden/Harris and the Communist party, nothing is voted on in Congress, so why are these Jacked democrats being paid??????????

  6. I am so pi–sed about bailing out states that could not stay within their budget… not like our federal money being used for payoffs by corrupt governors and representatives…bail your own –ses out. Like CA that spent 6 billion dollars on alternative energy….and zero to show for it. Who got THAT MONEY. And now we are suppose to bail out incompetence?!?! I thought states had their own powers and should take care of themselves and NOT WITH FEDERAL MONEY FROM TAXPAYERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

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