Kamala Harris breaks tie to begin Senate stimulus debate

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Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday broke a 50-50 tie to begin debate on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.

Debate on the bill, which would grant $1,400 stimulus checks to most Americans, is expected to drag into the weekend before a final vote.

“On this vote the yays are 50, the nays are 50, the Senate being equally divided, the Vice President votes in the affirmative and the motion to proceed is agreed to,” Harris said.

Vice Presiden Kamala Harris at a meeting in the Oval Office on March 4, 2021.
Vice Presiden Kamala Harris at a meeting in the Oval Office on March 4, 2021.
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It was Harris’ second tie-breaking vote. She previously broke a tie last month when the Senate approved preliminary guidance to committees drafting the bill.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said he will force the full bill to be read before the Senate holds a “vote-a-rama” on amendments.

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