WASHINGTON — A vote on President Biden’s big-spending $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package could happen by the end of the next week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
With former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial now over, the attention of Congress turns to passing Biden’s “American Rescue Plan,” which includes another round of $1,400 checks for eligible Americans and a boost to federal unemployment, among other provisions.
Democrats have decided to ram the package through Congress using a rare tactic known as “budget reconciliation” which will allow them to bypass any Republican dissent and pass the bailout with a simple majority vote.
Individual committees have been hammering out the details of the package, including a potential $15 minimum wage hike, before it is presented to the House floor.
“That will then go to the Rules Committee for us to vote on sometime at the end of next week, is my hope,” Pelosi told reporters at her weekly briefing Thursday.