Stimulus plan stalls as senators debate unemployment aid


Leaders and moderate Democratic Senator Joe mention of West Virginia have struck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a nine hour logjam. It installed the party's showpiece $1.9 trillion covert really fill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide seems to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic marathon. Syriza votes expected to lead to approval of the sweeping legislation. Democrats had already set aside one battle over boosting the minimum wage mansion is probably the chamber's most conservative Democrat and the king maker in a 50 50 Senate. That leaves his party without a vote to spare. Chris Lee reports the Senate is in what's being called a voter rama over the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill where Syria's of amendments are voted on back to back. This comes after Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson forced to nearly 11 hour holed up on the bill. Forcing Senate clerks to read the massive 628 page legislative package out loud. Senate Budget Committee chair Bernie Sanders open the debate by introducing an amendment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. That provision was included in the House's version of the bill, but it was thrown out last week by the Senate parliamentarian who ruled it was not permissible under budget reconciliation, Sanders says that process is wrong. It is an absurd process. That we allow an UN elected staff of somebody who works for the Senate, not elected by anybody. To make a decision as to whether 30 million Americans get a pay raise or not. I don't care how the parliamentarian rules. No parliamentarian should have that power. People here want to vote against raising them in ways you have that right? Want to vote for it? And I hope you do you have that right, But we should not shuffle off that responsibility. Toe What UN elected staff. That's wrong. Senators voted to reject Sanders proposal 58 to 42 8, Democratic senators Kirsten cinema of Arizona. Jon Tester of Montana, Jan Shaheen and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Chris Coons and Tom Carper of Delaware. Angus King of Maine and Joe Manchin of Virginia voted No. The Senate has since been stalled for several hours. In a debate on the extension of federal unemployment benefits. Democratic senators have a slim margin to get the bill approved. And if just a single Democrat votes against the bill, it could jeopardize the entire

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