House passes budget resolution with Biden stimulus plan likely to follow

"Reconciliation" allows Senate to subvert threat of filibuster.

Published: February 5, 2021 3:55pm

Updated: February 5, 2021 4:58pm

House Democrats on Friday voted in favor of the Senate's budget resolution, teeing up the likely passage of President Joe Biden's mammoth $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan. The vote was 219-209, with one Democrat defecting and voting with every Republican. 

Senate Democrats early on Friday had passed the budget resolution by invoking reconciliation, a rule in which budget-related proposals can avoid the 60-vote supermajority required to end filibusters and bring most bills to the Senate floor. Reconciliation is generally deployed in order to avoid those filibusters and drawn-out political horse-trading. 

Biden's relief and stimulus proposals are not yet set in stone; provisions in the budget resolution allow Congress to craft the specifics of that package at a later date. 

The particulars of the COVID relief plan will likely be nailed down in several weeks' time following the post-presidency impeachment trial of Donald Trump. 

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