US Senate clears way for Democrats to pass big Covid relief bill

Washington (AFP) – The US Senate passed a budget resolution early Friday that will allow Democrats to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package without Republican support. Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tie-breaking vote to make it 51-50 in the early morning showdown, concluding a process known as a “vote-a-rama” in which senators addressed dozens of amendments to the resolution. Some drew support from both parties, such as an amendment seeking to bar high income Americans from receiving $1,400 Covid-19 relief checks. The vote was a procedural one that did not app…

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