WASHINGTON – President Biden’s platform faces its biggest test as Democrats prepare to maneuver his $ 1.9 trillion stimulus package through the equally divided Senate, an effort that could strain the fragile alliance between progressives and centrists and the limits of its power in Congress.
An early morning House vote to pass the broad pandemic aid measure only underscored the depth of partisan division over the proposal, which all Republicans opposed. But the road to the Senate is much more bumpy, with a thicket of obscure rules and leeway with one voice threatening to jeopardize crucial aspects of the plan as Democrats rush to hand it over to Mr. Biden within two weeks.
Already, Mr Biden’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $ 15 an hour by 2025 as part of the plan has failed due to the measure’s fiscal rules, which Democrats are pushing as part of the plan. ‘a complex process which allows it to pass by a simple majority. vote, bypassing the Republican opposition.
In the coming week, they will also face challenges in managing other aspects of the bill through procedural hurdles and political pitfalls, including debates over how much to spend to close state budget deficits and community and how to distribute expanded tax benefits aimed at helping the poor. families.
The challenge for Mr. Biden will be to hold both sides together in the face of the unified Republican opposition to get a bill that White House officials …
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