The Senate narrowly passed the long-awaited new coronavirus relief bill on Saturday, with lawmakers dividing strictly along party lines in their votes after 27 straight hours of debate. The bill passed the body 50-49, with final approval now necessary from the House of Representatives before it lands on President Joe Biden's desk for signature. All 49 Senate Republicans present in the chamber voted against the bill. GOP Senator Dan Sullivan of Alaska left Washington on Friday night to attend a family funeral and did not vote. Had he stayed and voted, Vice-President Harris would have been able to cast the tie-breaking vote. The relief package includes another round of one-time relief checks, this time amounting to $1,400, to most Americans, $350 billion in assistance to state and local governments, $300 a week-worth-of unemployment benefits, and other measures, including billions for Covid vaccines and testing, subsidies for businesses, and tax breaks. Biden promised to get the … [Read more...] about Senate Passes $1.9 Trln Covid Relief Bill, Sends It Back to House for Final Approval
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For Rep. Jeff Van Drew Jeff Van Drew Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food New Jersey lawmakers press for SALT cap repeal in next relief package Sunday shows preview: Riots roil Washington as calls for Trump's removal grow MORE (N.J.), swapping party allegiances has also meant reversing course on the top issues moving through Congress. The second-term Republican, who left the Democratic Party last year to protest the first impeachment of former President Trump Donald Trump Trump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE , had supported every one of the Democrats' top nine legislative priorities in the last Congress, most of them before he jumped to the GOP. That list featured some of the more controversial issues Congress considers, including gun … [Read more...] about Van Drew, after flipping parties, bashes bills he once backed
French philosopher Voltaire said he had only one prayer in life — “O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous” — and that it was uniformly granted by God. The answer to Donald Trump Donald Trump Trump announces new tranche of endorsements DeSantis, Pence tied in 2024 Republican poll Lawmakers demand changes after National Guard troops at Capitol sickened from tainted food MORE ’s prayers may be Rep. Eric Swalwell Eric Michael Swalwell The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Senate begins marathon vote-a-rama before .9T COVID-19 relief passage Trump sued by Democrat over mob attack on Capitol China has already infiltrated America's institutions MORE (D-Calif.). It is not because of Swalwell’s relationship with a Chinese agent or the bizarre defenses of him, including one Democrat insisting he deserved the Medal of Honor . It is because Swalwell’s lawsuit against the former president could offer Trump the ultimate vindication … [Read more...] about Did Eric Swalwell offer vindication for Donald Trump with his lawsuit?
The $1.9 trillion coronavirus package, which includes $1,400 stimulus payments and $350 billion to cities and states, passed the Senate Saturday afternoon 50 to 49. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) was absent due to a family emergency. ****50-49**** Amended $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan passed and sent back to the House, which still needs to pass it. — Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) March 6, 2021 All Democrats, including Manchin and Sinema, voted yes. All Republicans, including Collins and Murkowski, voted no. https://t.co/UdoE3FPru0 — Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) March 6, 2021 Senate passes Biden’s stimulus plan on party-line vote, 50-49. Dems applaud Sullivan absent — Burgess Everett (@burgessev) March 6, 2021 The bill will now return to the House of Representatives to proceed through the process of reconciliation before the House votes again on any modifications. In essence, the 221 House Democrats will decide if they wish to imperial … [Read more...] about Senate Passes Partisan $1.9 Trillion Coronavirus Package
Republican lawmakers in Washington and around the country are increasingly embracing measures to limit voting access after losing the highest-turnout election in American history. The party’s embrace of restrictive new measures and rollbacks of popular vote-by-mail and early voting programs that enjoyed bipartisan support just a few years ago is a reflection of the new incentive structure facing the Grand Old Party. Rather than recalibrating positions after an electoral loss to better appeal to the vast middle, Republicans today appear to see more advantage in excluding as many voters as possible from communities likely to vote Democratic. ADVERTISEMENT In Georgia, the GOP-controlled state House this week voted to strictly limit absentee and early voting. In Arizona, the Republican-controlled state Senate approved a measure to remove voters from a permanent absentee ballot list if they do not vote in two consecutive elections. Republicans are working on another measure to … [Read more...] about On The Trail: GOP’s tyranny of the minority