Near the tail end of the 2020 election, the Republican Party began making an impassioned plea to the nation about the benefits of a split government; one in which there was no partisan majority. The idea is that this makeup of elected officials is more likely to compromise, therefore, are creating legislation that is a fairer representation of our nation’s overall sentiment.
But that’s not what we got. Instead, the Democrats hold the keys to the castle with a slight majority, allowing them to push things through the senate that otherwise wouldn’t make it.
Like a COVID-19 relief bill that costs almost $2 trillion.
The Senate approved President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package Saturday, over 24 hours after opening debate on the bill. A grueling amendment process, known as a “vote-a-rama,” was stalled for nearly 12 hours on Friday due to disagreements within the Democratic caucus over an unemployment insurance benefit.
The final vote was 50-49, with all Democrats voting in favor of the bill and all Republicans voting against it. The passage of the bill was met with cheers and applause from Democrats, celebrating the passage of one of Mr. Biden’s key priorities. Vice President Kamala Harris did not need to visit the Capitol to break any ties, as GOP Senator Dan Sullivan left due to a family emergency on Friday.
Democrats took a victory lap after the passage of the bill, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer telling reporters after the vote that “it’s a great day for this country.” Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders called the bill “the most significant piece of legislation to benefit working families in the modern history of this country.”
The bill was a hotly contested one, largely on account of its enormous price tag.
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