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Senate approves budget bill in key step to passing stimulus package with VP Harris tie-break

Biden Economy
Posted at 4:59 AM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 10:41:22-05

WASHINGTON — The Senate has approved a budget bill that's a key step toward fast-track passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without support from Republicans.

Vice President Kamala Harris was in the chair to cast the tie-breaking vote, her first.

Democrats in the chamber applauded after Harris announced the 51-50 vote at around 5:30 a.m. Friday.

The action came after a grueling all-night session, where senators voted on amendments that could define the contours of the eventual COVID-19 aid bill.

The budget now returns to the House, where it will have to be approved again due to the changes made by the Senate.