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Senate vote clears the path for Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan

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The US Senate passed a budget reconciliation resolution early Friday that will allow congressional Democrats to advance legislation for President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 package.

The budget measure returns to the House on Friday for final consideration and approval. Biden praised the Senate vote on Friday, adding that the federal government has “a chance to do something big here.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday that House lawmakers will begin drafting legislation in committees next week and aim to pass Biden’s relief plan by the end of February.

Crafting Biden’s legislation via the budget reconciliation process will allow congressional Democrats to forgo a potential filibuster, according to Fox News. Vice President Kamala Harris issued her first tiebreaking Senate vote on Friday.

The resolution returns to the House for final approval. House Speaker Pelosi said on Friday that the chamber is aiming to pass the president’s relief package by the end of the month.

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