The House passed the Senate-amended budget resolution on Friday, thus paving the way to pass President Biden’s $1.9 trillion in the coming weeks without any Republican support.
The House voted 219-209 to approve the resolution. One Democrat Jared Golden (D-ME 2nd District) voted against the measure.
“The budget resolution’s adoption kicks off a process called reconciliation, which can pass the Senate with a simple majority, bypassing a possible GOP filibuster. The resolution includes instructions for Congress’s authorizing committees to write legislation that will affect federal finances,” The Hill reports.
Biden’s proposal includes $1,400 stimulus checks, enhanced unemployment benefits, more for vaccine distribution and coronavirus testing, rental assistance and eviction moratorium and aid to state and local governments, among other things.
After hours of amendments in the Senate’s all-night vote-a-rama on the budget resolution, Vice-President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote on the final amendment from Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) early Friday morning.