Senate is ready to push for President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus bill after Senator Joe Manchin, DW.V., said he would support a compromise deal to extend a $ 300 weekly unemployment benefit and break an hour long dead end over attempts to change the provision.
For about nine hours, senators negotiated proposed changes to the massive package’s unemployment benefits. Much of the dead gas focused on Manchin, a moderate Democrat who expressed interest in plans from Republicans and Democrats.
The compromise agreement extends the federal unemployment benefit of $ 300 per month. Week to the end of August, according to a Democratic aide who is not authorized to speak in the minutes. The first $ 10,200 in unemployment benefits would be non-taxable for households with incomes below $ 150,000, the assistant said. The original version of the bill passed by Parliament last week had the benefit of $ 400 per tonne. Week that ran through the end of August.
The Senate Democrats had announced an agreement on unemployment benefits earlier in the day in similar ways, except with an extra month of unemployment benefits, but it was unclear at the time whether Manchin would have supported their proposed changes. In a Senate split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats, opposition from Manchin would have killed the change.
However, Senate Republicans signaled that Manchin was ready to support their change of benefits – a change in legislation that cut the benefit to $ 300 and also ended it a month earlier than the House plan – a form anathema for progressives who had pushed for more generous unemployment benefits.
Manchin said in a statement that the agreement “allows the economy to recover quickly, while also protecting those who receive unemployment benefits from being hit by (an) unexpected tax bill next year.”
Senate compromises in the bill could create difficulties for Democrats as they try to pass the bill again this week. The House has already passed the legislation once, but Senate amendments require it to be passed again before Biden can sign it.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, DN.J., said she wondered if she could still support the bill with Senate amendments.
“What are we doing here? I am honestly disgusted with some of my colleagues and question whether I can support this bill, ”she said in a tweet.
The aid package still needs to be adopted by Parliament once again, and the House Democrats’ narrow margin left little room for error. Two Democrats from the party’s Conservative wing had voted against the bill the first time it passed Parliament, although progressives had united around the bill.
– Nicholas Wu
Senate vote-a-rama on stimulus bill fine for nearly 6 hours
Voting on amendments to President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus bill has been stopped in the U.S. Senate for nearly six hours.
Senators had voted on a separate amendment related to the minimum wage when the vote was kept open as Democrats began negotiating behind closed doors on unemployment insurance issues and an upcoming amendment vote on it.
Both Democrats and Republicans are expected to make changes regarding unemployment, which has become a contentious issue for moderates like Senator Joe Manchin, DW.V., on both sides of the political corridor.
Democrats were confident they had agreed between their party on an amendment to extend the $ 300 weekly benefit through September. The original bill that passed the house last week raised the weekly amount to $ 400, but ended the benefit in August.
However, Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is proposing a similar change of $ 300 that will go through July 18th.
His proposal prompted Manchin and possibly other moderates to pause to support the Democratic amendment.
“Right now I’m feeling bad for Joe Manchin,” Senate Minority Whip John Thune told RS.D. “I hope the Geneva Convention respects him.”
– Savannah Behrmann
Democrats reach agreement on changing universal income
Senate Democrats reached an agreement to keep federal unemployment benefits at $ 300 per month. Week through September, down from a proposed $ 400 increase in President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 stimulus package, according to a Democratic aide.
Senator Tom Carper, D-Del., Is expected to introduce a $ 1.9 trillion change in legislation Friday as the Democratic-led Senate considers adapting to the measure. His proposal will extend $ 300 weekly benefits through September. The original bill that passed the house last week raised the weekly amount to $ 400, but ended the benefit in August.
The additional unemployment benefit, currently at $ 300, has been a contentious point in the bill with Republicans expressing opposition to Democrats’ plans to expand and raise the amount of payments. Congress faces a countdown to getting the stimulus package to Biden in mid-March, when Americans are ready to lose the current weekly federal unemployment rate.
Both progressive and moderate Democrats who agree with the change come after moderate Republicans, like Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah., Told reporters Thursday that he believes “there would be Republicans who would agree to bring the number down. “
Senate Treasury Secretary Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Who had pushed to expand the benefits through September, told reporters that “in this kind of environment where literally every single Democrat is the key, the reaction so far has been positive.”
The first $ 10,200 of unemployment benefits will not be taxable for the first time to prevent surprise bills for the unemployed by the end of the year. The agreement also extends tax rules regarding excess restrictions on business losses for another year through 2026.
– Savannah Behrmann and Nicholas Wu
Senators begin the last hours debate on the stimulus proposal as the Senate creeps toward the last passage of the bill
The Senate began its last-hour debate on President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion stimulus plan despite Republican opposition to its final passage.
“We will get through and complete this bill, no matter how long it takes,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer promised, warning of a lengthy change process that was due to begin at noon Friday.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed the bill as an “ideological round of spending filled with non-COVID-related costs.”
The Senate’s progress on the bill slowed to a review Thursday after Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Forced a 628-page reading of the entire bill. The whole process took almost 11 hours and did not end until the early hours of Friday morning.
“I can not imagine that it is anyone’s idea of a good time,” Schumer said, thanking Senate staff for calling them the “unsung heroes” of the evening.
“As for our friend from Wisconsin, I hope he enjoyed his Thursday night,” he said of Johnson.
The Senate was originally set to begin a 20-hour debate on the bill Friday, but at the end of Thursday’s session, Senator Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Recommended to the House to reduce the debate time to three hours. With few Republicans back in the hall shortly after noon. 2 ON Friday, Van Hollen succeeded.
Johnson said he was still in the hall at the end of the session and was aware of the Democrats’ plan to change the amount of debate time.
“I held on until the very end to make sure they weren’t trying to pull a fast on us,” Johnson said.
Once the debate on the bill is over, senators are expected to begin a period in which any member can introduce non-negotiable changes to the legislation. Republicans are planning a stream of votes during the period, called a “vote-a-rama,” on controversial topics such as abortion, school reopening and immigration.
– Nicholas Wu
The GOP is planning to try to change the legislation
A final vote in the Senate may not be until late on Friday or at the weekend on one COVID rescue package which includes payments of $ 1,400, expands unemployment benefits and expands vaccine distribution as Republicans continue to block roads to delay President Joe Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion US rescue plan.
The debate on the bill was scheduled to begin Thursday after Vice President Kamala Harris, in his role as president of the Senate, broke a 50-50 draw to get the bill forward.
But Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Who opposes the measure, made the rare request that the Senate work read aloud every word throughout the 628-page bill. Hours have been added to the process.
The reading ended overnight, so senators will move on to a three-hour debate followed by a period in which senators can propose and vote on amendments to the bill. The Senate is ready to meet again at 9 Friday.
Then GOP senators plan to propose a blizzard of change – including cuts in funding for Amtrak and the transfer of funds from family planning to juvenile delinquency prevention – to change some aspects of the bill.
It is not expected that a single Republican in the evenly distributed Senate will vote for the aid package, no matter how it is changed. They do not just oppose regulations provides $ 350 billion to states and localities, extended unemployment benefits and rental assistance, but also the size of the package.
“It is unlikely that many of our amendments will receive any democratic support, so I think it is very unlikely that any Republicans will support the final law,” Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told reporters Thursday.
After the Senate’s expected passage, it will have to return to the House for its proof before going to Biden’s desk for his signature.
Biden and Democratic leaders are pushing to pass the bill by March 14, when unemployment benefits that were proven under a previous relief bill expire.
– Ledyard King
This article was originally beaded in the US TODAY: COVID stimulus updates: Senate reaches agreement on unemployment benefits