Following the House’s unveiling of their own budget resolution this afternoon, Democrats in the Senate will unveil their budget resolution tomorrow.
A memo being circulated by the Senate Budget Committee tonight lays out the framework and rational for Democrats beginning their budget reconciliation process, a procedural tool that will allow them to pass President Biden’s Covid relief plan with a simple majority.
The memo comes after a group of Senate Republicans met in the Oval Office with Biden for more than an hour.
“The Budget Resolution that the Senate will be debating this week will enable us to fast track President Biden’s $1.9 trillion emergency COVID-relief through reconciliation with 51 votes,” the memo reads.
The resolution outlined provides Senate Committees with nearly $1.9 billion to use to craft a Covid relief bill. Senate Budget will direct 11 Senate Committees to begin working on the bill including:
- Homeland Security
- Indian Affairs
- Foreign Relations
- Small Business
The Budget Committee plans to stay very close to what Biden proposed, promising to try and raise the minimum wage to $15 using reconciliation, expanding testing and tracing, vaccine distribution, providing more money for SNAP, funding for schools and providing direct $1,400 checks to individuals.
“The American people want us to act boldly and they want us to act now. Instead of listening to wealthy campaign contributors, it is time for the Senate to listen to the needs of working families, the elderly, the sick, the disabled and the poor. And that is exactly what this Budget Resolution will accomplish,” the memo says.