Schumer signals budget reconciliation may be used to push coronavirus relief bill through Senate

Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on the Senate floor on Thursday that Democrats are prepared to use the process of budget reconciliation to get President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief bill passed without coming up against the filibuster, and that the process might start next week.

Schumer said it was Democrats’ “preference” to work with Republicans on getting the bill passed, but that if Republicans pushed for a smaller bill or refused to go along with Democrats they would have to move on without them.

“The dangers of undershooting our response are far greater than overshooting … so the Senate as early as next week will begin the process of considering a very strong COVID relief bill,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.

Should Republicans “decide to oppose this urgent and necessary legislation, we will have to move forward without them,” he said.

“Responsibility to help”

“We have a responsibility to help the American people fast, particularly given these new economic numbers. The Senate will begin that work next week,” Schumer continued.

Schumer signaled his intention to use the budget reconciliation process during a Tuesday conference call with Democrats.

“In keeping our options open on our caucus call today I informed senators to be prepared that a vote on a budget resolution could come as early as next week,” Schumer said during the call.

Budget reconciliation is the same way Democrats managed to get Obamacare passed, and now they are looking to use it to bail out Democrat-run cities that refused to protect their own citizens and business owners during the riots last summer as well as taking on another $1.9 trillion in taxpayer debt.

Bipartisan talks ongoing

A bipartisan group has talked with Biden and met in the Senate to look at options that could be passed without budget reconciliation, and some in that group expressed frustration at the talk of bypassing Republicans entirely to pass relief.

“I think it would be wise for the new administration to work to try to get a bipartisan proposal that can be moved. … We’re giving an opportunity to come together on important and timely legislation so why wouldn’t you do that rather than trying to move it through with reconciliation and having a fully partisan product,” group member Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) told reporters.

Sen. Dick Durban (D-IL) is also in the group, and has called for his party to give bipartisanship a chance.

“I think there’s been direct personal outreach by the president to these Republicans,” Durbin said, noting that Biden had called several Republicans to discuss his plan.

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  1. So now Chuck Schumer thinks he has power over the Senate Just remember this is from a guy Who raped his daughter’s friend when she came over for a sleepover and got away with it Because he’s a politician Most people don’t realize that

  2. Our Country is finished. Every time I see what they are doing it makes me sick to my stomach for my grandkids. Their are not enough good Republicans to do a damn thing to prevent what’s going on. Come Lord Jesus. Praying for America. That’s all we have left.

      1. Republicans like Lisa Murkowski have no room to talk. Her and her cohorts were against Trump. What did she expect. She’s a knucklehead.

    1. Stephanie, I understand exactly how you feel. I have adult children, adult
      grandkinds and great-grandkids…. I am worried sick about all of them.

      I knew this was coming but I never thought I’d be alive to see it happen.
      I understand that we have corrupted politicians in both parties but the
      Democrats of which I was once one, have lost their minds, decency, integrity, and I do not understand the Republicans and people who I considered intelligent, educated and decent that voted for Biden when we all knew what he was planning to do… That tells me that among all the things we’ve lost as humans, to have allowed us to vote for these people we have also lost COMMON SENSE. It was no secret Biden was going to be
      controlled and told what to do by the far left, liberals. He is no saint, we all
      know his shameless background and his son’s immoral activities even though the people who have been investigating have been hiding all the info and acting like there’s nothing here to worry about. They unfortunately are in charge. We have no media left that is honest , truthful and reports
      the real news, except for Fox News and they have to fight to stay on .
      YES, they got rid of the only man who really cared about our country and had sacrificed his own life to get us all back on track. They didn’t like his
      personality. I liked all he did to make our country so much better, that showed me he was the best to lead our country because he put it and Americans firstl. Not CHINA, IRAN ,RUSSIA or any other country… They lied and lied about his RUSSIA connection. He tried to make peace with all leaders, even the Chinese, and all leaders. That was important because above all he wanted peace, but he was not about letting them get away with
      cheating us in any deal. The hatred towards that man was a sign of sickness, like none we’ve ever seen. The American people have cut off their noses to spite their face. What a senseless thing to do when our country was thriving. How petty , and stupid to do that to America , the best country in the world, if not so, why does everyone want to come here. Even risk their lives to come here. We helped anyone from any country who was
      in peril. They knew the Americans would come help. Now they cannot eve help themselves. SAD TIMES SORRY TO SEE THIS TRAGEDY EVOLVE BEFORE OUR VERY EYES. I really doubt my thoughts will be allowed to be read…. since we’ve also lost our freedom of speech among all other things.
      What next ?????

      1. Josie, in your closing statement, you ask the question: “what is next.” I’ll be most happy to share my answer with you, although I never thought I’d live to see it take place. Perhaps you are saying to yourself, what is this guy talking about. Well, I am talking about the second coming of Christ. According to Biblical Scripture, it is at midnight that God manifest His power for the deliverance of His people. The sun appears, shining it its strength. Those who have turned their backs against God will look with terror and amazement upon the scene, while the people of God behold with solemn joy the tokens of the deliverance. Everything in nature seems turned out of its course. The streams cease to flow. Dark, heavy clouds come up and clash against each other. In the midst of the angry heavens is one clear space of indescribable glory, where the voice of God like the sound of many waters, say, “IT IS DONE.”

        That voice shakes the heavens and the earth. There is a mighty earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty and earthquake, and so great. The ground appears to open and shut

        1. Bro’; as long as we keep hoping for some sort of deity to fix things for us; we will never get anywhere.

          It’s time we all take responsibility for our own choices/actions and forget about all this super natural hope stuff. I don’t mean to demean your belief system, but it does no good to “pray” for resolutions when we, the people have laws in place; designed to help us govern properly.

          I’ll admit that Biden got in illegally, but that’s water under the bridge. Unfortunately, our voting system has flaws and there are people who recognized this and used it to their advantage.

      2. JOSIE, YOU GOT THAT RIGHT. I WAS A DEMOCRAT TOO BUT NO MORE. I’m 85 and vote for all Republicans now. Frank. GOD BLESS AMERICA.

      3. Josie I believe you have spoken for most Americans, it’s so sad there will never be a free America like we have known.

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  4. Now that this topic was not addressed long before when President Trump was in office it becomes the main theme of the Democrats to SAVE the NATION from the evil Republicans. Isn’t this all very convenient to the Leftist and their King, Biden.

  5. I would ‘guess’ that the democrat’s want to “drag” the republican’s DOWN with them as they ‘wander’ into the waters of COMPLETE fiscal irresponsibility. If the Country doesn’t go back to work, NO AMOUNT of “possible” fiscal aid will do any good. Better “get with” President Trump’s vaccine — it’s the only life preserver in sight!!

  6. Agree with all above posts, but with Biden killing jobs right and left, fiscal responsibility is NOT the demonrats agenda. They want to bankrupt our country!

  7. Schumer is the only Person that thinks he alone has a monopoly on wisdom.
    Anything he does, or said, is to benefit him first and will bend with any favoring wind.
    The Governors of the Liberal States rely on him to convince Joe to bail them out and now might have the clout to perform that. Unity, they call it.

  8. What a blessing, I finally see that everyone’s eyes have opened. Now is the time for every true, faithful, American to hold hands and help each other clean up the filthy mess that has been made.
    We can do it, we are Freedom loving American’s that just want it back, and now. Hang on we are in for a powerful awakening!

  9. This reeks of a one party dictatorship, Its my way or the hiway. They don’t give a damn about us they just want their way.

  10. I don’t know what to say. I thought everyone was asleep and I was all alone. So proud to see the American spirit is alive and well and nothing can stop us if we all stick together. Be careful and do what we have to, to preserve our rights and freedoms. I am not advocating for violence, just communications. The more information we get out there the more folks will wake up to what is going on. Word of mouth is the best information system.

  11. At ninety one years of age, I suppose I’m the only person who can remember
    Edgar Bergan’s wooden-headed ventrilogist’s dummy, Mortimer Snurr.
    Every time I see an image of the idiot from Delaware, I’m reminded of just
    how much he looks like that wooden-headed dummy. I believe the dummy
    had more intelligence .

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