COVID-19 relief package moves forward after hours-long Senate voting session

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The Senate early Friday morning moved forward with a $1.9 trillion Covid relief package after a marathon voting session on resolutions hooked up to the invoice.

The reconciliation process utilized by Democrats to move President Biden’s plan allowed for a vast quantity of resolutions to be thought-about within the Senate.

One of many amendments proposed by Republicans would stop Congress from elevating the minimal wage to $15 an hour throughout the pandemic, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The Senate permitted the modification however as Sen. Bernie Sanders defined, it was not his intention to sneak that proposal in.

“I’ll do every part that I can to verify a $15 an hour minimal wage is included on this reconciliation invoice, however there seems to be some misunderstanding,” Sanders mentioned, based on the Journal.

“It was by no means my intention to lift the minimal wage instantly and throughout the pandemic.”

One other modification that sought “to make sure upper-income taxpayers are usually not eligible” for the $1,400 funds within the plan. The vote on that measure handed by a tally of 99-1. 

The reconciliation course of solely requires a majority vote within the Senate to move the invoice. The chamber is at the moment cut up 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris presiding because the tie-breaking vote.