Senate advances $1.9 trillion spending bill

The Senate advanced a $1.9 trillion spending package on Thursday after working out a deal that preserved the bill’s bonus jobless pay while curbing stimulus checks for high-income earners.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday he planned to finish debate and pass the bill this week, but Senate Republicans plan to drag out the process by requiring the Senate clerk to read the bill’s hundreds of pages, which could take up to 10 hours.

Republicans also plan a barrage of amendments targeting what GOP lawmakers say is wasteful spending unrelated to the pandemic.

The bill is broad in scope, providing
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