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The House Budget Committee approved the $1.9 trillion rescue plan on Monday afternoon, putting the Democratic proposal on course to receive a final floor vote toward the end of the week.
The 19-16 vote was mostly split along party lines. Every Republican on the panel opposed advancing the measure.
“We are in a race against time,” Rep. John Yarmuth, chair of the budget panel, said in his opening statement. “Aggressive, bold action is needed before our nation is more deeply and permanently scarred by the human and economic costs of inaction.”
Republicans are uniformly opposed to the Biden plan, arguing it is too costly.
The measure now heads to the House Rules Committee, which can also amend the package. Speaker Pelosi said last week that Democrats were gearing up for to approve the measure by the end of the month.
Democrats push for passage via reconciliation
Democrats continue pressing ahead with their plans to enact the plan without Republican support. Democrats are using a process called reconciliation that allows them to pass a budgetary bill with only 51 votes in the Senate instead of 60.
The 591-page bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks, $400 federal unemployment benefits, and significant funding for vaccines and …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics