Schumer says Senate will take up Biden's $1.9T coronavirus package this week

Schumer says Senate will take up Biden's $1.9T coronavirus package this week

March 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."

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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.

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