Senate takes steps to advance Joe Biden’s Covid relief package without Republican backing – live

Final vote on motion to proceed with budget resolution debate was 50-49Trump legal team files 14-page brief defending conduct on 6 JanuaryBiden and Republicans agree to more relief talks despite divisionsHow red states might block Biden’s roadmap to Covid recoveryAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she is a sexual assault survivorSign up to receive First Thing – our daily briefing by email 9.26pm GMT Senator Bernie Sanders, the incoming chairman of the Senate budget committee, outlined the need for more coronavirus relief in a floor speech after the budget resolution advanced.The Vermont senator described the $600 stimulus checks passed as part of the December package as a “good start” but not enough to address American families’ financial suffering amid the coronavirus pandemic. 9.08pm GMT The Senate has advanced Democrats’ budget resolution, paving the way to pass Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package using reconciliation.The final vote on the motion to proceed to debating the resolution was 50-49. Because one Republican senator, Pat Toomey, was absent, Kamala Harris did not need to break the tie.Agreed to, 50-49: Motion to proceed to S.Con.Res.5, Sanders Budget Resolution. Continue reading…

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Senate takes steps to advance Joe Biden’s Covid relief package without Republican backing – live  
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