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Senate Passes Budget Resolution

Vice President Harris breaks the tie

The Senate approved a budget resolution early Friday morning that tees up President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill for passage without Republican support. With the Senate evenly divided, Vice President Kamala Harris cast the tiebreaking vote.

Lawmakers approved the resolution shortly after 5:30 a.m. following and an all-night "vote-a-rama," which brought hours of votes on dozens of amendments, many intended to force legislators to take a public stand on unrelated controversial issues.

The resolution allows Democrats to move forward with an eventual coronavirus (COVID-19) relief bill that can circumvent the 60-vote threshold required to end a filibuster. They could now potentially pass the future bill with a simple majority.

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