Sanders says Democrats will push coronavirus relief package through with simple majority
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), The new chairman of the Senate Budgets Committee negotiating with the Democrats, told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday that the Democrats are planning to pass a coronavirus relief package through the simple majority Chamber to push voting.
Why It Matters: "Budget Balancing" would allow Democrats to forego the Senate's 60-vote request and could potentially accelerate the next bailout for millions of unemployed Americans. Democrats hold the 50:50 split in the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris serving as a tie.
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What he says, "What we can't do is wait weeks and weeks and months to move forward. We have to act now," Sanders said.
"We will use reconciliation - that's 50 votes in the Senate plus Vice President - to pass laws that are currently urgently needed by working families in this country."
When asked if he would like to pass an auxiliary bill before the impeachment process against former President Trump begins the week of February 8, he said, "We have to do everything. It's not - you don't have time to sit around." Weeks of impeachment and no vaccines in people's arms. "
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