Hoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday

Hoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday
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The House will vote on President BidenJoe BidenTrump endorses challenger in Michigan AG race On The Money: Democrats get to the hard part Health Care — GOP attorneys general warn of legal battle over Biden's vaccine mandate MORE’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package on Friday, Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerGOP leader taking proxy voting fight to Supreme Court Lobbying world Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Feds target illegal gas practices MORE (D-Md.) said on Tuesday night.

“The House will vote on Friday on @POTUS’ #AmericanRescuePlan to end this pandemic and deliver urgently needed relief to America’s families and small businesses. The American people strongly support this bill, and we are moving swiftly to see it enacted into law,” Hoyer tweeted.  

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The tweet comes as Democrats seek to move fast on coronavirus relief before a number of federal programs expire on March 14.

The House Budget Committee passed the bill on Monday on a party-line vote, and the Rules Committee is scheduled to consider the measure on Friday at 9:30 a.m. The bill would then head to the House floor for a vote.

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The bill then goes to the Senate, where Democrats can’t afford to lose a single vote in their caucus, which is currently evenly split 50-50.

There have already been some potential snags. Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBriahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) have indicated that they oppose the minimum wage increase to $15 an hour that’s included in the bill.

In addition to the minimum wage increase, the bill includes $1,400 stimulus checks, and extension of unemployment benefits, and $129 billion for schools.