共和党参议员. Mike Braun of Indiana echoed that sentiment. “There is so much in this bill that needs to be discussed,” 他说, 加, “My feeling is that we are going to be investing some time in pointing out what we don’t like about it.”
在某一点, the Senate is expected to move into a vote-a-rama, a tradition in the chamber that typically involves a large number of votes on amendments that can stretch for hours and last until late in the night. It is frequently used by lawmakers to force tough votes that put members of the opposing party on the record on controversial issues.
Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said of the process, “Members start with a great number of amendments and great resolve and eventually it dwindles down to a handful of amendments and no resolve. People just want to get out of here.”
The Illinois Democrat added, “It does not serve the purpose of debate on public policy. It is an endurance contest and a gotcha contest, and I think the Senate should rise to a higher level.”
Tweaks to the bill put Democratic unity to the test
In one of the latest developments related to the legislation
, Biden agreed to a compromise with moderate Democrats to narrow the income eligibility for the next round of
$ 1,400 stimulus checks included in the Senate bill
, a Democratic source told CNN on Wednesday
The change has frustrated progressives, 然而. Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal, a Democratic congresswoman from Washington state, told reporters Wednesday that she needs to look more specifically at what changes the Senate is making to the package. “I don’t like that this is being narrowed. I feel like the survival checks are the easiest, simplest, most popular, populist proposal.”
She added that she’s “looking to see what the whole package looks like.”
Senate and House Democrats are facing their first major test of unity in the new Congress and for the new administration. With an evenly divided Senate, where Vice President Kamala Harris is the tiebreaker, Senate Democrats have no margin for error. The narrow House Democratic majority also leaves little room to maneuver.
Once the Senate passes its version of the bill, it would need to be approved once again by the House before heading to the President’s desk for his signature.