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Schumer seeks to avoid last-minute changes to pass coronavirus bill: report

Schumer seeks to avoid last-minute changes to pass coronavirus bill: report
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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerTop academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act NY Times beclowns itself by normalizing court-packing 'to balance the conservative majority' The first Southern state legalizes marijuana — what it means nationally MORE (D-N.Y.) is seeking to avoid any last-minute changes to President BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill, three sources familiar with the talks told Axios.

The sources told the news outlet that Schumer expects the final version of the measure to remain relatively unchanged.

Schumer met with moderate Democratic senators on Thursday morning, who pushed for several changes to the bill including more funding for rural hospitals and broadband, and extending unemployment benefits, Axios reported. 

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After the meeting, the majority leader told Axios, “They have some ideas and we are going to check them out,” but declined to say if any of the lawmakers suggested lowering the $1.9 trillion price tag.

Schumer’s office didn’t immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

The report comes as Democrats inch closer to passing Biden’s much-anticipated relief bill, which will be up for a vote on the House floor on Friday.

Schumer previously warned Senate Democrats in a conference call that they needed to stay completely unified as the bill heads to final passage.

Democrats faced a setback on Thursday, however, after Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour goes against the upper chamber’s budget reconciliation process — which allows the measure to pass with a simple majority.

The ruling likely boosted the bill’s overall chances of passing, given that moderate Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinNixed Interior nominee appointed to different department role  Against mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Democrats face mounting hurdles to agenda MORE (W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaMSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' Manchin throws cold water on using budget reconciliation The strategy Biden needs to pass his infrastructure plan MORE (Ariz.) have publicly opposed including the minimum wage boost in the package.

House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAgainst mounting odds, Biden seeks GOP support for infrastructure plan Charles Booker launches exploratory committee to consider challenge to Rand Paul Top academics slam Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act MORE (D-Calif.) said after the ruling that the measure will be included in the bill, which would leave it up to the parliamentarian to remove it.