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senate Bill S. Con. Res. 5

Senate Democrats’ Resolution to Use Budget Reconciliation for a $1.9 Trillion COVID Relief Bill

Argument in favor

Congress needs to move quickly to enact legislation providing additional COVID relief to struggling Americans. Democrats should give themselves the option of passing President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief bill along party-lines through budget reconciliation in case negotiations on a bipartisan compromise take too long.

Claire's Opinion
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02/05/2021
Funny how you used budget reconciliation to give yourselves and other millionaires tax breaks but only worry about the budget when money goes to the people hurting economically . Guess we know what your priorities really are.
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jimK's Opinion
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02/05/2021
The cost of rebuilding a collapsed economy is way more expensive than buying some insurance now to prevent it. The humanitarian costs of lives lost, destroyed family futures, rebuilding a tax base and re-establishing the foundation of an empowered workforce are too great to risk too low of an economic stimulus/recovery effort. With the financial collapse ten years ago, Republicans ranted and raved that the planned stimulus funds were way too much, got them reduced and were still arguing that they were too great. Numerous economic studies have shown that the reduced stimulus delayed economic recovery which would have occurred three times faster with the initially planned stimulus. A super majority of economists have indicated that the costs of not stimulating the economy and protecting our vulnerable are far greater and more consequential than risks associated with over-stimulating the economic recovery. The trump’s own FED has been warning for months that the stimulus proposed is needed to prevent collapse of economic infrastructures that would have to be re-established at much greater costs. … … … The Republican Party has been consistently wrong on stimulus funding, their recommendations run counter to everyone whose life’s work has been to understand these things, they run counter to the will of 70% of the people and the majority of Republicans. These are the same folks who saw no problem awarding themselves and their wealthy benefactors the same amount of taxpayer dollars in tax cuts that went straight into their pockets annually and did nothing for the overall economy. … … So who would any rational person trust? The people with an actual plan based on a strategic and comprehensive overview, the will of the people and the support of knowledgeable experts - or - the people who offer nothing new beyond obstructionism and worry about a strategic investment in the future with a great ROI that’s costs as much in the short term as the annually recurring costs of their raping the treasury for their self-beneficial tax cuts? … … … Push the bill through, it is needed. And tell of party of NO ideas outside of obstruction and obfuscation to just push it where the sun don’t shine.
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02/05/2021
Hyde-Smith and Wicker have always acted against the interests of low income and minority individuals. COVID is disproportionately affecting Black, Brown, and Indigenous people so it is to be expected that they [racist capitalists] would even consider delaying much needed aid.
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Argument opposed

By giving themselves the ability to use budget reconciliation to pass a COVID relief bill on a strictly partisan basis, Democrats are showing that they have no intention of negotiating in good faith in the same manner that a bipartisan majority did in the last Congress when five COVID relief bills were enacted with broad support.

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02/04/2021
They need to find a way to get this done together, and as much as it pains me to say it congressman Jim Jordan is correct “the best stimulus is a paycheck.”
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John's Opinion
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02/05/2021
To much ‘pork’ in the package. Taxpayers money not being spent wisely.
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David 's Opinion
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02/05/2021
Loop hole budgeting is never a good governance decision.
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What is Senate Bill S. Con. Res. 5?

This budget resolution would implement the reconciliation process and establish a budgetary target for House committees to draft coronavirus (COVID-19) relief legislation that would increase the deficit by a total of $1.9 trillion. It isn’t structured in the same way as a typical budget resolution, which would serve as a fiscal blueprint for the decade, as it is primarily intended to give Congress the ability to use reconciliation for a COVID-19 relief bill. A breakdown of how it would allocate the $1.9 trillion among committees can be found below.

The resolution would set the following deficit increase targets for committees’ reconciliation legislation:

  • Agriculture: $23 billion

  • Banking: $89 billion

  • Commerce: $36 billion

  • Environment & Public Works: $3 billion

  • Finance: $1.296 trillion

  • Foreign Relations: $10 billion

  • Health, Education, Labor & Pensions: $305 billion

  • Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs: $51 billion

  • Indian Affairs: $9 billion

  • Small Business: $50 billion

  • Veterans Affairs: $17 billion

  • The reconciliation directives would total $1.889 trillion.

If adopted by both chambers of Congress, this legislation would allow congressional committees to report legislation to the Budget Committee, which would compile an omnibus reconciliation bill including the provisions that increase the deficit by $1.9 trillion. That bill would have to satisfy reconciliation rules, would be subject to amendment on the floor of each chamber, and could pass the Senate with a simple majority without being subject to the legislative filibuster.

Impact

Congressional committees; and members of Congress.

Cost of Senate Bill S. Con. Res. 5

As a budget resolution, this bill would not authorize any spending.

More Information

In-DepthSenate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered the following remarks on the introduction of this budget resolution that would allow the reconciliation process to be used for $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief legislation:

“We want this entire effort to be bipartisan — we do. But helping the American people with the big, bold relief they need, that is job number one. That is job number one. So again: we’re not going to dilute, dither, or delay because the demands of the American people are so real and so large. We need to think big and think quickly.”

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) countered in floor remarks on Wednesday that Democrats are abandoning the bipartisanship which led to the enactment of five COVID relief bills last year:

“In the past year, Congress has worked together to pass five major rescue packages on a bipartisan basis. The Democratic Leader spent months saying that any pandemic relief should pass with broad, bipartisan support. He said last July, quote, ‘sitting in your own office, writing a bill, and then demanding the other side support it is not anyone’s idea of bipartisanship.’ But yesterday, less than a day after several Senate Republicans spent two hours meeting with President Biden, Senate Democrats plowed ahead with a party-line vote to set the table for a partisan jam. The new President talks a lot about unity, but his White House staff and Congressional leadership are working from the opposite playbook.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: mdfriendofhillary via Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

A concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the United States Government for fiscal year 2021 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2022 through 2030.

Official Title

concurrent resolution Progress


  • The house has not voted
  • The senate Passed February 5th, 2021
    Roll Call Vote 50 Yea / 50 Nay
    IntroducedFebruary 2nd, 2021

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    Funny how you used budget reconciliation to give yourselves and other millionaires tax breaks but only worry about the budget when money goes to the people hurting economically . Guess we know what your priorities really are.
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    They need to find a way to get this done together, and as much as it pains me to say it congressman Jim Jordan is correct “the best stimulus is a paycheck.”
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    Pass the bill. Bipartisan? Were you watching the past 4 years? The Rep have frequently left a mess for Dems to handle. This is nothing new. With the country and so many people in financial crisis, it is time to step in. Yes, because we need to spend the money now, we will have to pay higher taxes. AND it's time the wealthy Reps and corporations pay their fair share. My husband and I make less that 100k a year and we pay more taxes than #45 paid to the US IRS and more than many companies. And many of those mega-companies don't pay a living wage to their employees. Pass the bill and pass the bill to the mega rich. Change the tax laws. Let everyone pay social security without a ceiling for the rich.
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    The cost of rebuilding a collapsed economy is way more expensive than buying some insurance now to prevent it. The humanitarian costs of lives lost, destroyed family futures, rebuilding a tax base and re-establishing the foundation of an empowered workforce are too great to risk too low of an economic stimulus/recovery effort. With the financial collapse ten years ago, Republicans ranted and raved that the planned stimulus funds were way too much, got them reduced and were still arguing that they were too great. Numerous economic studies have shown that the reduced stimulus delayed economic recovery which would have occurred three times faster with the initially planned stimulus. A super majority of economists have indicated that the costs of not stimulating the economy and protecting our vulnerable are far greater and more consequential than risks associated with over-stimulating the economic recovery. The trump’s own FED has been warning for months that the stimulus proposed is needed to prevent collapse of economic infrastructures that would have to be re-established at much greater costs. … … … The Republican Party has been consistently wrong on stimulus funding, their recommendations run counter to everyone whose life’s work has been to understand these things, they run counter to the will of 70% of the people and the majority of Republicans. These are the same folks who saw no problem awarding themselves and their wealthy benefactors the same amount of taxpayer dollars in tax cuts that went straight into their pockets annually and did nothing for the overall economy. … … So who would any rational person trust? The people with an actual plan based on a strategic and comprehensive overview, the will of the people and the support of knowledgeable experts - or - the people who offer nothing new beyond obstructionism and worry about a strategic investment in the future with a great ROI that’s costs as much in the short term as the annually recurring costs of their raping the treasury for their self-beneficial tax cuts? … … … Push the bill through, it is needed. And tell of party of NO ideas outside of obstruction and obfuscation to just push it where the sun don’t shine.
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    Hyde-Smith and Wicker have always acted against the interests of low income and minority individuals. COVID is disproportionately affecting Black, Brown, and Indigenous people so it is to be expected that they [racist capitalists] would even consider delaying much needed aid.
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    The country is hurting. time is now for support. don’t wait for GOP to catch up.
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    In an economy rigged for the wealthy average folks need help
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    @npuzar you quote Jim Jordan? “Paychecks are the best stimulus checks.” Where are those paychecks? Big corporations got the tax breaks, subsidies, and bailouts. None of that has translated into a significant increase in jobs. People are out of work/struggling to get by because this pandemic is NOT under control. tRump, Jordan & the like are the reason COVID-19 was not taken seriously. THEY are the reason for the subsequent high unemployment rate, the high infection & death rate, the growing food lines, the increase in suicides, etc. The stimulus checks come from taxpayers. I would rather those dollars go to people & services that directly help the American public and NOT into the hands of big business...where we wait for the trickle down...while CEO’s get their bonuses and the company buys back stock. WTFU
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    I see my 2 senators voted against helping the American people in the midst of this pandemic. So Sen Rubio and Scott can spout all they want...they voted for the tax cut for the 1% and now are voting against helping the people..you know, the ones they are supposed to represent. In the name of balancing the budget...as the economy collapses, as people die from Covid..as the vaccine rollout has been a disaster. We cannot do too little for the American people. They must step up...We must shore up the people until we get to the other side of this pandemic and at least 80% of the population is vaccinated.
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    For to long Republicans have only looked after the rich and neglected the middle class and the poor except to suck the needed funds out of them in order to feed those above them. It is way past time that the needs of those below them are finally met and cared for, not only for now but for the future as well and a more even and balance scale is created in our society. I know that I may be asking to much, but none the less it would be a beginning of really having what would be that promise of THE LAND OF THE FREE AND THE PROUD FOR ALL..
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    Clearly, ONE PARTY CARES ABOUT WE THE PEOPLE! The other only gives to the WEALTHY, APPALLING.
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    To much ‘pork’ in the package. Taxpayers money not being spent wisely.
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    Senators Cornyn and Cruz... Voting against the People is wrong. You continue to be against your Constituents’ interests and are bad for an America in a crisis of your making by not stopping the lunacy of the former President’s policies.
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    We need our representatives to represent the “we the people” not we the corporations/lobbyists! This should be by bipartisan period, not political grandstanding!
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    Get it done!
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    Go big or go home! Congress needs to act! Thank you Senator Sherrod Brown for working for Ohioans. No thank you to Senator Portman who has no problem fining tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations, bit does not work fir the vast majority of Ohioans. Shameful.
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    Loop hole budgeting is never a good governance decision.
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    I can’t stand Marsha Blackburn ...thank goodness it passed. They would rather see Americans die in order to line their own selfish pockets.
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    The citizens of the US are in desperate need and many don’t have food nor jobs. The lack of response from the GOP to the pandemic is criminal.
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    Thank you for actually putting the people first.
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