After an overnight session, the Senate approved on Friday morning a budget resolution for President Joe Biden's Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. Hours later, the House passed the Senate-amended budget plan by a vote of 219-209.by a vote of 51-50, with
The budget resolution doesn't have the force of law but paves the way for Democrats to move forward on a subsequentin the Senate. It also potentially affects the .
Among the amendments that senators agreed to during a marathon legislative session were measures to block tax increases on small businesses and to create a fund that provides grants for restaurants impacted by the The New York Times. There was also bipartisan support to in Biden's stimulus package from going to Americans , though the amendment didn't specify what income level would be considered ., according to
Senators also agreed to a Republican proposal to prohibit minimum wage increases during the pandemic, according to the Times. This could signal trouble for part of Biden's stimulus package, which calls for raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025.
With the budget resolution passed in the House, committees will now use it as a blueprint to build Biden's bill, which is expected to come up for a vote later this month or in early March.
"Hopefully in a two-week period of time, we will send something over to the Senate," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of a stimulus bill, during a meeting at the White House on Friday, according to The Washington Post. "We hope to be able to put vaccines in people's arms; money in people's pockets; children safely in schools; and workers in their jobs."