Schumer says Senate will take up Biden's $1.9T coronavirus package this weekMarch 1, 2021
Democrats using coronavirus as ‘excuse’ to pass huge spending bill: Mulvaney
Mick Mulvaney, former acting White House chief of staff, argues that a targeted coronavirus relief bill would be a ‘much better piece of legislation’ than the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion proposal.
The U.S. Senate will start moving on the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package proposed by President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Monday.
Schumer's comments on the Senate floor come after months of congressional gridlock that have blocked a second round of relief for Americans.
"This week, the Senate will take up the measure … I expect a hardy debate, late nights," Schumer said, "but the American people sent us here with a job to do."
WHAT'S IN BIDEN'S $1.9T STIMULUS PLAN?
Biden's bill passed the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives last week but it's likely to encounter substantial resistance within the Senate.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., blasted the proposal in a speech that followed Schumer's. He accused House Democrats of ramming through a "bonanza of partisan spending they're calling a pandemic rescue package."
He added that Democrats have "chosen to go a completely partisan route."
GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE
As McConnell noted, the spending package encountered bipartisan opposition in the House, as only Democrats voted for the measure.
The president's proposal includes a third stimulus check totaling $1,400 — ultimately bringing the total to $2,000 when accounting for the last round of $600 checks. Among other things, it also extends supplemental unemployment aid and increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
Fox News' Chad Pergram contributed to this report.
Source: Read Full Article