Senate Democrats to sidestep GOP on COVID aid with rarely used budget rule

Senate Democrats, lacking the votes to end the filibuster unilaterally, plan to plow ahead with a “bold” agenda, including an increase in the minimum wage, through a budgetary rule that allows some legislation to pass with only 51 votes.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Tuesday he’ll move quickly to pass a budget resolution in the Senate, which paves the way for lawmakers to pass certain bills with 51 votes instead of 60.

A major COVID-19 aid spending bill and an increase in the minimum wage to $15 are among the bills that could become candidates for passage under budget reconciliation.

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