Senate Republicans are getting what is expected to be a short-lived victory in a fight for unemployment benefits on the Democrats’ nearly $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus bill.
Senator Joe manchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinNight Defense: Capitol Police May Ask National Guard To Stay | Biden’s Pentagon Policy Nominee Faces Criticism | Naval Academy Midshipmen moved to hotels Progressives will not oppose bill on limits on stimulus controls Senate votes to accept COVID-19 relief bill MORE (DW.Va.) voted with all 49 Republican senators – Sen. Dan sullivanDaniel Scott Sullivan The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by The AIDS Institute – Finger Pointing at Capitol Riots; Republican Party resists Biden Sanders aid plan votes against USDA candidate Biden Vilsack, Senate confirms Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture MORE (Alaska) is absent due to a family emergency, in support of a Sen. Rob portmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanMandel gets approval from the Growth Club in Ohio Senate Primary Rick Scott caught amid opposing Republican factions Five takeaways from dramatic Capitol security hearing MORE (R-Ohio) to provide an unemployment payment of $ 300 per week through mid-July.
But Democrats are expected to remove the Portman amendment and replace it with a deal they announced Friday night, after a delay of nearly 12 hours, before approving the coronavirus deal likely on Saturday.
Democrats are still waiting for a score from the Joint Tax Committee on the cost of the Democratic proposal, which would provide a payment of $ 300 per week through Sept. 6.
“We expect Senator Portman to offer his UI amendment and it will pass. However, it will be superseded by Senate Democrats’ new UI deal, which will be offered and passed as an amendment tonight,” said a Democratic aide on the way to follow. .
Although Manchin supported the Portman amendment, he is also expected to support the Democratic agreement. In addition to the weekly payment, the Democratic amendment will allow the first $ 10,200 in unemployment benefits to be tax-free for households with incomes up to $ 150,000.
“We have reached a compromise that allows the economy to recover quickly while protecting those who receive unemployment benefits from being hit by [an] windfall tax bill next year, “Manchin said in a statement endorsing the Democratic settlement.
Democrats put debate on the coronavirus bill on hold for nearly 12 hours on Friday as they tried to craft an agreement on unemployment payments that could win the entire caucus.
Democrats had initially said Friday morning that they had an agreement to provide a payment of $ 300 per week through early October.
But as the day progressed, it became clear that they were still trying to contest the caucus together.
Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck SchumerRon Johnson forces reading of the 628-page Senate coronavirus relief bill in the Senate panel splits along partisan lines on the ambitious agenda of the Becerra House Democrats who will face the lockdown of the Senate MORE (DN.Y.) argued once the Senate moved shortly before 11 p.m. that Democrats were united.
“The agreement that has been reached will allow us to move forward with the United States Rescue Plan,” he said. “Senate Democrats are completely united in our belief that this entire bill is important to our compatriots.”