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Senate Democrats negotiating changes to coronavirus bill

Added 03-01-21 08:57:02pm EST - “Senate Democrats are discussing potential changes to a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, saying they want to further target the House-passed legislation.” - Thehill.com

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Senate Democrats are discussing potential changes to a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, saying they want to further target the House-passed legislation.

A group of Democrats met with President BidenJoe BidenBiden offers support to union organizing efforts Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike Kavanaugh dismays conservatives by dodging pro-Trump election lawsuits MORE on Monday to talk about the path forward on the legislation, which is expected to come to a vote on the Senate floor in a matter of days.

"We talked about the package and we talked about some ... targeting, targeting dollars," said Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterSenate mulls changes to .9 trillion coronavirus bill Democrats hesitant to raise taxes amid pandemic Jennifer Palmieri: 'Ever since I was aware of politics, I wanted to be in politics' MORE (D-Mont.).

Because no Republicans are expected to support the coronavirus-relief legislation, that means Biden will need all 50 members of the Senate Democratic caucus to support the legislation in order to get it through the chamber.

The Senate is already expected to strip out language that would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour after the chamber's parliamentarian ruled that it doesn't comply with budget rules governing what can be included in reconciliation, the process that Democrats are using to bypass a 60-vote filibuster.

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