The Senate has passed a $1.9 trillion spending bill by a party-line 50-49 vote.
Republican Dan Sullivan was not present to vote.
Per Washington Examiner “while the House passed the bill last week, Senate Democrats made significant changes to appease party centrists and adhere to Senate rules that allowed them to pass the bill without any Republican support. Democrats stripped out a provision that would have mandated a $15 minimum wage and agreed to reduce the monthly enhanced jobless pay from $400 to $300.”
“The changes have angered the party’s liberal base, including those in the House Democratic Caucus, so it will be up to both Pelosi and President Biden to help usher through the Senate version before March 14, when federal unemployment benefits are set to expire. House Democrats control a very narrow majority and can afford to lose only a handful of votes in their own caucus since no GOP lawmakers are likely to vote for it,” the report adds.
Democrat Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman tweeted “I’m frankly disgusted with some of my colleagues and question whether I can support this bill.”
This trend is outrageous:
Reducing thresholds for payments (cutting off ~400k New Jerseyans)
Cuts to weekly payments
What are we doing here? I’m frankly disgusted with some of my colleagues and question whether I can support this bill.
— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) March 5, 2021
ARTICLE SOURCE: newsthud.com