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COVID-19 Relief Package Heads To Senate As Debate Over Minimum Wage Continues

Added 03-01-21 05:07:02am EST - “The Senate will debate a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 bill and aim to pass it using a process that avoids a Republican filibuster. A battle over efforts to raise the minimum wage still splits Democrats.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “COVID-19 Relief Package Heads To Senate As Debate Over Minimum Wage Continues”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., had sought an alternate proposal to include an increase in the federal minimum wage in President Biden's COVID-19 relief bill. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., had sought an alternate proposal to include an increase in the federal minimum wage in President Biden's COVID-19 relief bill.

The Senate takes up President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid package this week, following a largely party-line House vote early Saturday morning.

Democrats are using a process to avoid a Republican filibuster in the Senate that leaves them no room for error in the divided 50-50 chamber.

Pushing Biden's plan through budget reconciliation allows Democrats to approve it more quickly and without Republican support. But it also means there are limits regarding what can be in the package, because of rules dictating how policies affecting spending, taxes and the debt are considered. Democratic leaders need to keep their caucus unified and will count on Vice President Harris to break a tie, since no GOP lawmakers in the House voted for the bill, and none are expected to back it in the Senate.

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