Congress Democrats seek to pass their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan next week and then send it to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. Could the bill be enacted before the March 13 deadline?
Early Saturday, the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, passed President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan and the Senate will start considering the House-passed version of the bill as soon as Wednesday. Democrats seek to pass the American Rescue Plan that would extend key unemployment programs before they expire.
Millions of Americans could lose unemployment benefits if lawmakers fail to act in the next two weeks, for a $300 per week federal unemployment supplement and provisions expanding eligibility for insurance will expire on March 14.
This is why Democrats aim to pass their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan next week and send it to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature.
The Senate will start considering the House-passed version of the bill as soon as Wednesday and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said he expects the Senate to approve the plan by Friday or Saturday.
The upper chamber will likely pass a different version of the relief bill, so the House is expected to reconvene on Monday to move toward approving the Senate-passed proposal.
Though the Blue Party, which has thin majorities in both the House and the Senate, has chosen to pass the relief package through budget reconciliation, a process that doesn’t need Republican support, Senate Democrats still have to keep all of their members on board to get the bill through the chamber this week.
Democrats still have to appease concerns within the party about the scope of direct payments and unemployment benefits, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., still aims to find a way to put a $15 per hour minimum wage in the plan.