Schumer says Biden on board with passing COVID package without Republican support

The rumors have just been confirmed.

President Joe Biden is on board with congressional Democrats’ plan to use the reconciliation procedural process to get Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus proposal passed, Breitbart reported

The information comes from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who revealed at a press conference on Tuesday that Biden “is totally on board.”

“Joe Biden is totally on board with using reconciliation,” Schumer said. “I’ve been talking to him every day. Our staffs have been talking multiple times a day.”

Reconciliation procedure

Biden and congressional Democrats want to pass the White House’s massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus proposal, which includes everything from $1,400 direct stimulus payments to state and local government bailouts. However, they currently lack sufficient support from Republicans in the Senate to do so, as such a proposal would require 60 votes.

With the Senate currently split 50 to 50, Democrats would need to get at least ten Republicans on board, and, so far, they have been unable to secure those votes. Many Republican lawmakers have referred to the proposal as nothing more than a partisan “wish list.”

This is where the push for the reconciliation procedure comes into play. Reconciliation is a rarely used process that would lower the 60 vote threshold in the Senate to 50 votes. In other words, it would allow the Democrats to pass Biden’s proposal without any GOP support, and this is what they are angling to do, apparently with the president’s support.

The reconciliation process requires lawmakers to put the instructions for reconciliation in writing which Schumer, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), did in a joint resolution that they introduced on Monday.

It’s happening

On Tuesday, Democrats voted to approve this joint resolution, meaning that reconciliation is looking more and more likely.

When asked about this at the press conference, Schumer simply said that the Democrats are “moving forward.”

“Look, we’re moving forward under the reconciliation,” Schumer said. “That is what President Biden wants us to do, and that is what we’re doing.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) put out a statement condemning the effort. “They’ve chosen a totally partisan path. That’s unfortunate,” he said.

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