Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer introduced their budget proposal on Monday that also will pave the way for Joe Biden to pass his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan without any Republican support.
The Democratic congressional leaders dropped their plan an hour before Biden was to meet with Republican senators at the White House to discuss a compromise proposal from the GOP – one that is considerably less than the president’s, clocking in at $600 billion for coronavirus relief.
Pelosi and Schumer’s resolution contains a provision for a process called ‘reconciliation’ – a legislative procedure that prevent the use of the filibuster in the Senate and lets the legislation pass with a simply majority of 51 votes.
With an even 50-50 split in the upper chamber and Vice President Kamala Harris the tie breaker, Biden would be able to get his $1.9 trillion plan without any Republicans on board.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer introduced their budget proposal that also will pave the way for Joe Biden to pass his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan without any Republican support
The Democratic congressional leaders dropped their plan an hour before President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet with Republican senators at the White House about their compromise proposal
Allowing passage by a simple majority would also allow the Senate to deal with the federal budget and coronavirus relief before Donald Trump’s impeachment trial begins next week.
At her daily press briefing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said of Biden’s meeting with the GOP Senators: ‘What this meeting is not is a forum for the president to make or accept an offer.’
She added of Biden: ‘His view is that the size of the package needs to be commensurate with a crisis crises we’re facing the dual crises we’re facing. And why he proposed a package that’s $1.9 trillion.’
Biden spoke with Schumer and Pelosi on Sunday.
Announcing the proposal on the Senate floor Monday afternoon, Schumer made a similar statement: ‘The only thing we cannot accept is a package that is too small or too narrow to pull our country out of this emergency. We cannot repeat the mistake of 2009 and we must act very soon to get this assistance to those so desperately in need.’
He noted that Republican input would be welcome.
‘There is nothing in this process that will preclude it from being bipartisan. We welcome Republican input,’ he said.