Kamala Harris breaks tie for first time as Senate votes 51-50 to advance budget resolution for Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief plan

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Updated: March 2, 2021

U.S. Vice President Kamala D. Harris on Friday broke the tie for the first time as the Senate voted 51-50 to advance the budget resolution that will be used to facilitate passage of President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief proposal.

The final passage of the resolution, at 5:34 a.m. on Friday, came after 15 hours of debate on amendments by senators.

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All Democrats were united and voted for the budget resolution while no Republican voted for it.

Democrats will only need 51 votes to approve the final bill via what is known as budget reconciliation, sidestepping the 60-vote threshold needed to approve a major legislation.

The resolution will now go back to the House of Representatives for final approval. Once it is approved, committees will be allowed to begin writing the bill.

The Democrats now control the House of Representatives and Senate by a slim margins and there is no room for errors.

President Biden reminded them this week that they will thrive or die together.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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