Senate Democrats pledge to pass the Biden $1.9 trillion stimulus package by mid-March
Democratsare promising they will approve the Biden rescue plan by March 14.
- "We will meet that deadline," Majority Leader Schumer told Senate colleagues.
- A Century Foundation report said 11.4 million people would start losing jobless aid on March 14 if a plan doesn't pass by then.
Senate Democrats are vowing they will approve the Biden rescue plan by March 14, the date when enhanced unemployment insurance programs would start lapsing for millions of Americans.
"The Senate is on track to send a robust $1.9 trillion package to the president's desk before the March 14 expiration of Unemployment Insurance benefits," Senate Majority Leader
It's the latest sign that Democrats are racing to enact the package within a matter of weeks, though their timeline has slim room for error. A recent report from the Century Foundation indicated that on March 14, 11.4 million people would start losing all their jobless aid - including the exhaustion of benefits from state unemployment programs - if Congress fails to approve a package by then.
The House Budget Committee will begin assembling the final legislation on Monday. House Democrats are pushing for a vote at the end of next week, and its passage would send the bill to the Senate for consideration.
The House's draft of the proposal would provide $1,400
"Any further action needs to be focused on destroying this virus and rebuilding our
Major procedural hurdles remain, chiefly whether a $15 minimum wage survives the reconciliation process that Democrats are employing. Reconciliation is a maneuver that allows the party with at least 51 votes - the number of Democrats in this Senate, including Vice President Kamala Harris - to approve a package, instead of the 60 usually required to thwart a filibuster.
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