The House Budget Committee approved a massive coronavirus aid bill on Monday, setting up a floor vote later this week with special rules that will prevent Republicans from blocking the measure when it reaches the Senate.
The $1.9 trillion measure passed a virtual budget markup, highlighting universal GOP opposition to the bill that many in the Republican Party have deemed wasteful and political. The vote was 19-16. One Democrat, Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas, voted against the bill.
Democrats, who control both the House and Senate, will employ a procedural tactic called reconciliation that will circumvent Senate GOP opposition by allowing the spending bill to pass with only 51