Democrats pass budget reconciliation process to force COVID relief bill through Congress

Congressional Democrats are continuing with their plan to force President Joe Biden’s massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package through Congress.

Senate and House Democrats on Friday passed a budget resolution that will allow them to push the White House’s stimulus bill through Congress without any Republican support, CNBC reported.

It’s happening

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) claimed that what happened on Friday was a “bipartisan activity.” The votes, however, would suggest otherwise.

In the Senate, the vote on the budget resolution was 50 to 50, along party lines. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote, her first, allowing the resolution to go forward.

The resolution makes it possible for the Democrats to use a procedural process known as reconciliation to get Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus bill through Congress.

Reconciliation lowers the Senate’s typical 60-vote threshold to a simple majority, which seems to be a necessity as Democrats have not been able to get 10 Senate Republicans on board.

The bill

CNBC highlighted some of the provisions of Biden’s stimulus bill.

It would include $1,400 direct payments to individuals and an extra $400 per week in unemployment benefits through September. The bill would also allocate $20 billion for coronavirus vaccinations, $30 billion for rent and utility assistance, $50 billion for coronavirus testing, $170 billion for schools, and $350 billion for state and local government relief.

Even some of the more centrist Democrats, such as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), have expressed concern about the price tag of the bill. Republicans have also offered their own $618 billion stimulus bill that the Democrats have rejected.

Looking ahead

Now that the budget resolution has passed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Monday the House would “begin working on the specifics of the bill.”

House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY), said in a statement, “Next week committees will begin writing the detailed legislative text for the Biden American Rescue Plan, so that we can finish our work well before lifeline unemployment assistance expires. The Budget Committee looks forward to receiving committees’ legislation by February 16 and then preparing the measure for floor consideration.”

Democrats are looking to get Biden’s stimulus bill passed by March 14 which is when the current $300 per week unemployment benefits run out.

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17 Responses

    1. Guess!! Print money to drive up prices and inflation, as if Biden increase in gas prices isn’t enough. This is the Democrats pork bill to bail out bankrupt blue states and not real covid relief.

  1. The reconciliation clause is just the demonrats way of forcing through their screwed up agenda. It would never go through any way the Constitution intended things to be decided.
    Thieves, all of them!
    You can bet the money going to demonrat states will be wasted on giveaways to ilegals, & pet projects that will enrich those who run those states!

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  3. I wonder if they will pull this same stunt in the Impeachment trial to convict Trump no matter what the evidence shows, as it is they are Judge , Jury and Executioner ( Sic ) if they pull off a simple Majority instead of the Constitutional 2/3. But then again they haven’t paid much mind to the Constitution for years now, so why would they even bother to now?

  4. The so-called Covid Relief bill of $1.9 trillion apparently contains a huge amount a money not actually for Covid Relief . The article identifies approximately $600+ billion for Covid Relief other than payments to citizens. Even though not true if ‘every’ American (350 million men/women/children) were to receive payments that would amount to less than $ 500 billion for those payments. What is to be funded (programs, etc) by the remainder (approximately $1.4 trillion) of the $1.9 trillion? Why was that not identified?

  5. Well yet again we have the Democrats ignoring our constitution where are the people supposedly protecting our constitution it’s the tranny government filled with corruption…. and we all know they wanted Joe Biden because of his corruption to lead them this is the most corrupt Administration America has ever had

    1. You got that right! I will never refer to Biden as president for he is not my president and has no qualifications to be president. He is a fraud pure and simple. He told us before election that he had the most extensive fraud ever set up and we surely know he was speaking the truth probably for the first time in his life.

  6. OK, the Repubs targeted about 680 Billion dollars for Covid relief. This packet mentions ONLY $620 Billion. That leaves $1.28 Billion probably in PORK paying off China and others for the election, sponsoring abortions HERE with Planned Parenthood and in foreign countries, pocketing money or shifting it to global banks??
    Here it shows about 1/3 of the money grabbed that may or may not be used by citizens and businesses – left over is slush funds later for a liberal project?? WHAT ABOUT THE 2/3 THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH COVID??????????????

    What are Bidens’ PROJECTS??? Jail for those who voted for Trump. Taking away all guns, except those owned by criminals like them, REEDUCATION CAMPS for loyal Americans that don’t goose step to the Demonic leadership????

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