The House Budget Committee approved a massive coronavirus aid bill on Monday, setting up a floor vote later this week with special rules that will prevent Republicans from blocking the measure when it reaches the Senate.
The $1.9 trillion measure passed a virtual budget markup, highlighting universal GOP opposition to the bill, which many in the Republican Party have deemed wasteful and political. The vote was 19-16. One Democrat, Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas, voted against the legislation.
Democrats, who control both the House and Senate, will employ a procedural tactic called reconciliation that will circumvent Senate GOP opposition by allowing the spending bill to pass with only 51 votes instead of 60. The Democrat-led House is expected to consider the bill this week and send it to the Senate.
Budget Committee Republicans called for postponing consideration of the measure until a full accounting is provided of the approximately $1 trillion in unspent funds from prior COVID-19