Republican stalling actions will continue ….
But the final bill approved for President Biden’s signature should ready by the end of the weekend most think….
The bill polls good for Biden and the Democrats and Republicans seem to be ok with going home during their end of the month break and knocking the fact that their party voters could be getting checks for $1,400?….
The Senate steered toward a voting marathon on Democrats’ $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill on Friday after enduring an extraordinary half-day holdup forced by a Republican foe of President Joe Biden’s top legislative priority.
The chamber planned to begin voting around midday on a mountain of amendments, mostly by GOP opponents and virtually all of which were destined to be rejected. That would set the Senate on course toward approving its reworked version of the massive measure, probably over the weekend, and shipping it back to the House so it could whisk the final package to Biden for his signature.
Republicans are attacking the bill as a liberal spend-fest that ignores that growing numbers of vaccinations and signs of a stirring economy suggest that the twin crises are easing.
“Our country is already set for a roaring recovery,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in part citing an unexpectedly strong report on job creation. “Democrats inherited a tide that was already turning.”
Democrats reject that, citing the 10 million jobs the economy has lost during the pandemic and numerous people still struggling to buy food and pay rent.
“If you just look at a big number you say, ‘Oh, everything’s getting a little better,’” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. “It’s not for the lower half of America. It’s not.”
In an encouraging sign for Biden, a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that 70% of Americans support his handling of the pandemic, including a noteworthy 44% of Republicans….