From Grace Segers

7th March 2021 / 6:53 a.m.
/ CBS News

Washington – The Senate approved President Biden’s $ 1 9 trillion coronavirus aid package on Saturday, more than 24 hours after debating the bill. A grueling amendment process known as “Vote-a-Rama” was launched on Friday stalled for nearly 12 hours due to disagreement within the Democratic caucus over unemployment benefits
The final vote took place between 50 and 49, with all Democrats voting for the bill and all Republicans voting against The passage of the bill was greeted with cheers and applause from Democrats to celebrate the passing of one of Mr Biden’s top priorities, Vice President Kamala Harris didn’t have to visit the Capitol to sever ties as GOP Senator Dan Sullivan left Friday due to a family emergency

Democrats drove to victory after the law was passed Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters after the vote that “it is a great day for this country,” Bernie Sanders, chairwoman of the Senate Budget Committee, called the bill the most important bill to benefit working families in the modern day History of this country “

“For over a year the American people have been told they were alone,” he said, later adding, “This nation has suffered too much for far too long, and everything in this package is designed to alleviate the suffering and help the most urgent To satisfy the nation’s needs “

The President noted that 85% of American households will soon see direct payments of 1Earned $ 400 per person and a “typical middle-class family of four” 5Will get $ 600 “That means the mortgage can be paid. That means you have to keep your health insurance in place. It’s going to make a world of difference in so many lives in this country,” he said

Senator Debbie Stabenow said the passage of the bill was an emotional moment for Democrats

“People on the floor, in our caucus, it was almost like tears in their eyes I mean, I felt it,” said Stabenow

The House will vote on the amended legislation on Tuesday after the House passed a slightly different version of the bill last week.If it is approved by the House, it will go to Mr Biden’s desk for his signature Senate version of the law is passed in the House

The Economic Facilitation Act is widespread Recent polls have found that the majority of Americans support it, particularly the provision that earners less than 75Earn $ 000, Direct Checks for $ 1$ 400 to be provided Senate Democrats reached an agreement to limit eligibility for those who receive direct checks earlier this week September, a child benefit of up to 3$ 600 per family, $ 350 billion USD for state and local authorities and 14 billion USD for vaccine distribution

Mr Biden thanked the American people for the “overwhelming bipartisan support” of the package, without which “this would not have happened,” he said
The final vote came after a grueling “vote” in which the Senate debated, considered, and voted 39 amendments over a period of 25 hours. The process was initially delayed by a deadlock involving West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin who has become a critical actor in the equally divided Senate

On Friday evening, after a long meeting with Schumer, the Senate Democrats reached an agreement accepted by Manchin September extended, the first 10$ 200 of Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Households With Income Under 150$ 000 non-taxable and tax rules for excessive business loss restrictions expanded through 2026

The compromise amendment was adopted by 50-49 votes shortly after 1a.It was almost identical to an amendment proposed under an agreement reached on Friday morning by progressives and moderates, the only change being the income limit for the non-taxable services was

Mr During his address on Saturday, Biden stressed that the deal extended support for the 11 million Americans who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic – and whose benefits would “soon be phased out,” he said

Manchin has taken on a powerful role in the caucus because he is one of the key votes in an evenly divided Senate, Democrats have 50 seats, which means there is no room for disagreement in the ranks: losing the support of a single Senator Means Losing the Overall Vote The previous Friday, Manchin apparently supported an amendment introduced by GOP Senator Rob Portman that would have cut unemployment insurance benefits from $ 400 to $ 300 and only extended it until June

The “vote” initially began Friday morning with a failed vote on an amendment proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders that would have raised the federal minimum wage. But the vote remained open even after all senators had voted, preventing the next amendment from being considered and allowed the Democrats to work behind the scenes to convince Manchin to support their amendment on unemployment insurance

After nearly 12 hours, the vote on Sanders’ amendment was finalized shortly before 11 p.m., making it the longest vote in the history of the modern Senate. The “Vote-a-Rama” then took place shortly before midnight with a vote on Portman’s amendment Unemployment insurance continued, which was passed by 50-49 votes with Manchin’s support, but this amendment is repealed by the Democratic amendment which was voted on a few hours later and which Manchin also supported. This compromise amendment will be included in the final bill

Manchin admitted to reporters after the final vote on the bill on Saturday afternoon that negotiations “went on longer than they should,” but expressed satisfaction with the final bill

The Senate met Friday morning with a two-hour debate, followed by a vote on Sanders’ amendment that would have raised the minimum wage to $ 15 an hour by 2025 and the minimum wage to $ 14.75 over seven years Senate MP ruled last week that the Senate could not include a provision to raise the minimum wage to $ 15 under budget voting rules, which is why GOP Senator Lindsey Graham raised a Rules of Procedure contesting the change

Manchin and Democratic Senators Jon Tester, Jeanne Shaheen, Kyrsten Sinema, Chris Coons, Tom Carper and Maggie Hassan joined Republicans to vote against inclusion of the provision Senator Angus King, an independent Democratic representative, also voted against inclusion the minimum wage increase in the bill Manchin and Sinema in particular had previously expressed their opposition to raising the minimum wage to US $ 15

Congress is using the budget vote process to pass the law This limits the time for debate and allows laws to be passed by simple majority This is a workaround that avoids the 60-vote threshold that most laws need to move forward in the Senate. If every Democrat supported the final bill, it would be passed without Republican support

But Republicans are critical of the size of the bill and are frustrated with the Democrats’ use of the reconciliation process, arguing that they are taking a partisan path instead of working through the gears, while Democrats respond that they don’t have time to negotiate having to waste with Republicans to hit the 60-vote threshold and pass a smaller package

In retaliation, Republican Senators wanted to make the amendment process politically painful for Democrats, with mixed results. Such a vote could be on an amendment to prevent undocumented immigrants from receiving stimulus checks during last month’s “vote” on the Budget resolution to set up the reconciliation process, eight Democrats voted together with all Republicans in favor of the amendment, infuriating the progressives. When the Senate voted on the amendment on Saturday morning, however, it failed without Democratic support

The Senate has voted two amendments, one on veteran education and one in support of homeless children. The latter amendment was proposed by GOP Senators Lisa Murkowski and Manchin and will provide $ 800 billion in education specifically for homeless children final change taken into account during the “vote” was a bipartisan change sponsored by GOP Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Mark Warner, which provides protection for federal entrepreneurs through Jan. September extended

The Senate version of the bill differs from the House bill in several ways, including the changes that were passed on Friday and Saturday.Some recently added measures include $ 510 million for FEMA and $ 750 million, according to a Senate Democratic adviser Another provision provides funding for education, including $ 1.25 billion for evidence-based summer enrichment, and $ 1.25 billion for extra-curricular programs and $ 3 billion in educational technology would also make COVID-19 student loan relief tax-free

A vote on the motion to proceed with the legislative debate was passed on Thursday afternoon in a party line vote in which Harris broke the 50:50 tie. Although the rules for the budget vote were up to 20 hours before the “vote” Provide, Republicans and Democrats only used two after GOP Senator Ron Johnson forced the Senate clerk to read the entire bill aloud Thursday night, the process took nearly 11 hours and ended early Friday morning, with the Senate voting on a later convocation on Friday morning for up to three hours Debate too, but any time saved by limiting debate time was quickly lost as the unemployment insurance change was delayed by almost 12 hours

“The bottom line is this plan puts us on the path to fight this virus,” said Mr Biden said Saturday, “This plan gives the families who are struggling the most the help and breathing space they need to get through this moment. This plan gives small businesses in this country a struggling chance of survival. And something else”, he added, “this plan is historic”

First published on 5 March 2021 / 8:47 a.m.

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