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House Democratic leaders expressed confidence that Biden’s COVID relief bill would pass Congress before March 15, when enhanced unemployment benefi

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House Democratic leaders expressed confidence that Biden’s COVID relief bill would pass Congress before March 15, when enhanced unemployment benefits are set to end.

“Absolutely,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said to reporters outside the White House after House Democrats met with Biden Friday morning. “Before then.”

Pelosi also said Democrats want to move the bill out of the House within two weeks.

The California Democrat’s prediction establishes a rapid timeline for House Democrats to pass the $1.9 trillion relief package include $1,400 stimulus checks, billions for vaccine distribution, and aid for state and local governments.

The House is set to approve a budget blueprint today starting the process of passing the bill.

It kicks off a process known as “reconciliation” allowing Democrats to bypass a procedural roadblock known as a filibuster. They would otherwise have to secure the votes of at least 10 Republicans in the Senate to advance the legislation, a potentially difficult task because Senate Republicans have expressed resistance to passing another relief package.

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