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Senators worked throughout the night Friday into Saturday as the chamber considered various amendments to the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, with a final vote expected later in the day.
The chamber is holding a marathon voting session known as a vote-a-rama, where any senator can force a vote on potential changes to the mammoth relief package. Democrats have rejected a series of proposed GOP changes to the bill.
The article goes on to state the following:
The Senate voted on 22 amendments or motions to alter the bill as of 8:15 a.m. on Saturday as the grueling session appeared to be taking its toll, with the vote-a-rama stretching past 20 hours.
During the night, Senate Health Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) shredded Sen. James Lankford’s (R-Okla.) over his amendment that would restrict publicly-funded abortions.
“It is frustrating but not at all surprising that in the middle of a pandemic, as we are working to get urgently needed relief to our families, to our small businesses and our communities across the country, some Republicans would rather spend time launching political attacks,” she said angrily.
Mitch McConnell tweeted in the early hours Saturday morning saying, “Democrats said they’d exploit COVID to ‘restructure things to fit our vision.’ Sure enough: Only 9% of their bill for the entire health fight. Only 1% for vaccines. All this borrowed money for a parade of unrelated policies that even left-wing experts say are badly targeted.”
Democrats said they’d exploit COVID to “restructure things to fit our vision.”
Sure enough: Only 9% of their bill for the entire health fight. Only 1% for vaccines. All this borrowed money for a parade of unrelated policies that even left-wing experts say are badly targeted.
— Leader McConnell (@LeaderMcConnell) March 6, 2021
Dick Durbin tweeted Saturday, “Presiding over the Senate as we work to pass President Biden’s Rescue Plan. No matter how long it takes, we will get this done.”
Presiding over the Senate as we work to pass President Biden’s Rescue Plan. No matter how long it takes, we will get this done. pic.twitter.com/rfJksBGUG4
— Senator Dick Durbin (@SenatorDurbin) March 6, 2021
A few minutes before 2 A.M., Sen. Brian Schatz tweeted, “I don’t care how long it takes or if it’s inconvenient. We are about to pass one of the most popular and important pieces of federal legislation in decades. I’m a happy warrior.”
I don’t care how long it takes or if it’s inconvenient. We are about to pass one of the most popular and important pieces of federal legislation in decades. I’m a happy warrior.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) March 6, 2021
What they came away with was a party-line vote of 50-49 that would provide $300 per week unemployment payment through Sept. 6 and make the first $10,200 of benefits non-taxable for households that have an income below $150,000.
Democrats tried to put something together for hours on the proposal for unemployment benefits that all 50 Democrats could back. Ultimately the issue of raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, was rejected.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 6, 2021
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