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Unemployed aid, direct checks could be curtailed if US Senate withdraws covid-19 aid bill

The The US Senate is expected to accept President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion aid package against the coronavirus on Wednesday, with fellow Democrats trying to advance key priorities and jettisoning aspects that have received unflattering criticism.

With Republican cooperation unlikely, Democrats narrowly controlling the chamber must stick together to meet Biden’s top legislative priority.

That requires them to sort out a jumble of competing ideas as they try to push forward the bill passed by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives last Saturday.

The Covid-19 pandemic has killed 515,000 Americans and left millions unemployed.

The first thing to pass is an increase in the minimum wage, which the Senate MP last week said cannot be included in the package if Democrats want to invoke a special procedure that could allow them to pass the bill with a simple majority. rather than the 60 votes needed to advance most of the legislation in the 100-seat chamber.

Democrats and their allies currently have 50 seats, with Vice President Kamala Harris giving them a casting vote if necessary.

Also on the chopping block: $1.5 million for a bridge between Canada and New York State, which Republicans have derided as an example of special interest expenditures that they believe do not fit the bill. Assistants to Democratic Senate Majority

Leader Chuck Schumer, who represents New York, say funding was requested by the administration of Republican former President Donald Trump.