Coronavirus: Biden's $1.9tn Covid relief bill passes House vote

Coronavirus: Biden's $1.9tn Covid relief bill passes House vote

By Wednesday evening, the most suspense was over a decision anticipated from Elizabeth MacDonough, the Senate's nonpartisan arbiter of its rules, that promised enormous political and legislative consequences. The White House has ruled out overruling the parliamentarian, and centrist Democrats such as Sen. "While the Senate has prevented us temporarily from passing one aspect of it, let us not be distracted from what is in here, because it is a great bill", she said.

We'll keep you updated on how the vote goes.

"There's a lot of debate about the impact of raising the minimum wage", he said, "but one thing that's inarguable is that it puts more money in the pockets of working people, and I think that's what we need to do".

LaMalfa said this creates "unforeseen" taxation. "It has been 12 years without a single cent being increased for our lowest wage workers". It wasn't clear whether he was referring to Wyden's plan or a separate proposal. The White House has not yet taken a position on the measure. She said it would stay in the House version of the coronavirus bill.

The US House of Representatives moved toward a late-night vote on President Joe Biden's US$1.9 trillion (S$2.53 trillion) coronavirus aid Bill on Friday (Feb 26) as Democrats who control the chamber steered the sweeping measure toward approval.

Two Democratic aides told the Washington Post that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) was weighing the the potential provision that has been proposed by Sen.

Biden had campaigned extensively on raising the national minimum wage to $15 an hour, from a rate of $7.25 that has stood since 2009. But they do not have much time.

Democrats control the House by a 221-211 margin, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi is counting on almost all of her rank and file to get the bill passed before sending it to a 50-50 Senate where Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris holds the tiebreaking vote.

At the same time, Democrats are trying to calculate how to assuage progressives who lost their top priority in a jarring senate setback last week.

In total, more than $40 billion would go to infrastructure and transportation projects, including about $30 billion to public transit, and about $8 billion to airports.

Rep. Casey Snider, R-Paradise, noted his concerns about Collard's bill in light of a recent report on that effort from the Congressional Budget Office. The vast majority of McDonald's chains, for instance, operate as franchises and could escape a tax penalty aimed at large corporations, said Arindrajit Dube, a professor of economics at the University of MA at Amherst. I should have, because disparities like this are front and center when disaster hits, and it's super important to have a conversation on why a push for $15 minimum wage for workers is essential in improving quality of life, while being realistic about how hard it is to get it done because those with money have the power.

"We will not stop until we very soon pass the US$15 minimum wage", she said at a news conference. "It'd be a small sliver".

Biden briefly engaged with a group of 10 Senate Republicans pushing an alternative to his plan, but rejected their $600 billion counteroffer as too meager, arguing it did not meet the moment and would cut spending on key programs included in his legislation.

"The swamp is back", House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said shortly before the final vote, decrying what he called extraordinary "non-COVID waste" and a "blue state bailout".

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