Nancy Pelosi says House Democrats will be 'completely ready' to pass Biden's stimulus package during the first week of February
Nancy Pelosisaid Democratswould be "completely ready to go" to pass Biden's rescue plan during the first week of February.
- It sets up a swift timeline for Democrats to start moving on a core component of Biden's early legislative agenda.
- It remains unclear when the Senate could take it up because the House hasn't sent an article of impeachment against Trump to start his trial.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at her weekly press conference on Thursday that Democrats will be prepared to act swiftly on another coronavirus relief package during the first week of February.
"We'll be doing our committee work all next week so that we are completely ready to go to the floor when we come back," Pelosi said.Earlier, House Democratic leaders reportedly said the chamber would be out of session next week to begin drafting stimulus legislation. Another House session would start the week of Feb. 1.
It includes provisions for enhanced unemployment insurance, new stimulus checks, vaccine funds, larger tax credits for low-income Americans, as well as a $15 minimum wage.Read more: Here's what you need to know about Joe Biden's plan to get to 100 million vaccines in 100 days
But the legislation also needs to clear a narrowly divided Senate before it reaches Biden's desk for his signature. It's still unclear when the upper chamber could take up the proposal, given uncertainty around the schedule for a second
"The President of the United States committed an act of incitement of insurrection," the California Democrat told reporters. "I don't think it's very unifying to say, 'oh, let's just forget it and move on.' That's not how you unify."
The Biden administration needs 10 votes from Republican senators to approve the legislation. But Senate
Democrats could opt to pass the rescue plan with only Democratic votes through the reconciliation process. But that step may take weeks and would set up a very narrow margin for error. It could also force the administration to shed some parts of the plan like the minimum wage boost so the legislation complies with strict budget rules.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki didn't rule out using the procedure at her first press briefing on Wednesday evening, saying the administration is "not taking any tools off the table."Read more: 'Extremes are becoming ever more extreme': A Wall Street strategist who sounded the alarm before last year's 35% crash showcases the evidence that a similar meltdown is looming
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