WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris solid her first-ever tie-breaking vote within the Senate early Friday morning on a funds decision that is a key step towards fast-track passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid plan with out Republican assist.
“The yeas are 50. The nays are 50. The Senate being equally divided, the vp votes within the affirmative. And the concurrent decision as amended is adopted,” she declared round 5:30 a.m. to the applause of fellow Democrats.
The motion got here after a grueling all-night session, the place senators voted on amendments that might outline the contours of the eventual COVID-19 support invoice. The funds now returns to the Home, the place it should be authorised once more as a result of adjustments made by the Senate.
The Democrats technically have the bulk, counting the tie-breaking vote of Harris, however with the chamber cut up 50-50, Republicans — united — might maintain up laws in committees.
This additionally implies that Senate Majority Chief Chuck Schumer could must shore up the assist from centrists in his caucus — together with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia — to make sure he has the 50 votes wanted. He cannot lose one Democrat in his caucus with the intention to go laws.
Nonetheless, Harris indicated that she hopes her journeys to the Senate Chamber are seldom, as she stated the Biden administration as an alternative goals for “widespread floor” on laws by way of bipartisanship.
“The purpose is to not should go all the things with 51 votes,” a supply advised CNN. “If they’ll be votes within the Senate the place the end result is not identified … She mainly has to remain in DC. Worldwide journeys, nationwide journeys to small companies or wherever — that may’t actually be taking place, which is a brand new dynamic they’ll should cope with.”
One other supply spoke about it in additional private phrases.
“It does not assist her make associates long run, . If she’s eager about (operating in) 2024 or 2028, she’s bought to consider what senators she’s going to wish,” the supply stated.
CNN contributed to this report.
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