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Dems prevail as Senate passes $1.9T virus aid bill

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An exhausted Senate narrowly approved a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill Saturday as President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies notched a victory they called crucial for hoisting the country out of the pandemic and economic doldrums. (March 6)

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- Number 10, HR.1319, an act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to title--

CHUCK SCHUMER: It's been a long day, a long night, a long year, but a new day has come. And we tell the American people, help is on the way.

- For no, Mr. Casey. Mr. Casey, no.

CHUCK SCHUMER: This bill will deliver more help to more people than anything the federal government has done in decades. It is broader, deeper, and more comprehensive in helping working families and lifting people out of poverty than anything Congress has seen or accomplished in a very long time.

- Mr. Blumenthal? Mr. Blunt?

CHUCK SCHUMER: For Americans who doubted that the government can help them in this time of crisis, you'll be getting direct checks. Your schools will receive assistance to reopen quickly and safely. Your local businesses will get another lifeline, and the day when you receive the vaccine will be a lot sooner.

[APPLAUSE]

MITCH MCCONNELL: Voters gave Senate Democrats the slimmest possible majority. Voters picked a president who promised unity and bipartisanship. Democrats' response is to ram through what they call, quote, "the most progressive domestic legislation in a generation" on a razor thin majority.

- No Senator wishes to change their vote? If not, the yeas are 50, the nays are 49. The bill as amended is passed.

[APPLAUSE]