Schumer vows Senate will pass coronavirus relief this week
Added 03-04-21 12:57:02pm EST - “Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) pledged on Thursday that Democrats would pass a massive coronavirus relief bill this week, even as Republicans plot how to slow down the bill.” - Thehill.com
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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade A Biden stumble on China? MORE (D-N.Y.) pledged on Thursday that Democrats would pass a massive coronavirus relief bill this week, even as Republicans plot how to slow down the bill.
“The Senate is going to move forward with the bill. No matter how long it takes, the Senate is going to stay in session to finish the bill this week,” Schumer said from the Senate floor.
Democrats had hoped to start the clock on the coronavirus relief bill on Wednesday, but punted as they awaited guidance from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on the cost of the bill and if it complies with reconciliation, the process the party is using to avoid a 60-vote filibuster in the Senate.
Democrats are now hoping to have that vote on Thursday afternoon, though it hasn’t been locked in yet.
Even after the initial vote, Democrats could face up to another 30 hours before they could even start a vote-a-rama, a marathon session that is expected to last several additional hours.
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