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House Democrats plan to push Biden's Covid relief plan through the chamber next week

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 15: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks during a press conference at the US Capitol on January 15, 2021 in Washington, DC. Speaker Pelosi said that it has always been the intent to have a small inauguration due to the coronavirus pandemic and that Impeachment managers are continuing to work on the trial and they will take it to the Senate but did not mention when that will happen. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nancy Pelosi

House Democrats are taking a major step forward to push through President Joe Biden's massive $1.9 trillion Covid relief bill by the end of next week.

Washington (CNN)House Democrats are taking a major step forward to push through President Joe Biden's massive $1. 9 trillion Covid relief bill by the end of next week.

The House Budget committee announced Thursday it will take the step of cobbling together pieces of the plan on Monday and vote to advance it out of the committee, paving the way for House floor action by week's end.

Democrats are trying to swiftly pass the relief package on the strength of their majority in Congress to deliver on promises made by the President, but the process of passing such a significant piece of legislation is complicated and must clear a number of hurdles in both chambers.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said at a press conference that the budget committee will "consolidate" the various elements of the rescue plan following work by committees with jurisdiction over specific policy provisions.

The speaker said that after that, she is hoping for a vote "sometime at the end of next week. "

Democrats are planning to pass the legislation through a process called reconciliation, which will allow approval in the Senate with just 51 votes.

"We wrote up the bill within that framework within different committees of jurisdiction, honoring their amounts and then that now has gone to the Budget committee, which will consolidate all of that, make sure that it is, again, in keeping with what reconciliation allows and that will then go to the Rules committee for us to vote on sometime at the end of next week is my hope," Pelosi said.

Once the House passes the legislation, it will next go to the Senate where Democrats hold the narrowest possible majority.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has told his colleagues that Congress may take final action on the relief package on the week of March 8.

That timeline would mean that the House will vote on the bill at the end of next week, followed by Senate action.

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