The latest on 3rd checks, Senate vote

It’s been a day in the US Senate. Yesterday, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin singlehandedly delayed the arrival of your subsequent stimulus test when he employed an arcane Senate rule to require that clerks learn aloud the 628-page American Rescue Plan in its entirety. This took until after 2 a.m., thereby pushing again debate on the stimulus invoice to at the moment. Right here’s the latest replace on the coronavirus aid bundle as we head into the weekend:

What occurred?

Johnson primarily used your tax {dollars} to carry the Senate hostage for an out-loud studying of a 100,000-word invoice, which took 10 hours and 44 minutes. (When he demanded the studying, Senate majority chief Chuck Schumer reportedly muttered, “Is he allowed?”)

Is he allowed?

Sure. At present he might be forcing votes on numerous amendments, with the open intent of further prolonging the method.

So what’s occurring now?

Vote-a-rama. Senators are wading via dozens or lots of of amendments to the invoice. Democrats have sufficient votes to cross the invoice, and the Republican amendments are designed to lavatory down the method, reveal fractures inside the Democratic celebration on particular points, and create fodder for future marketing campaign advertisements.

How lengthy will this go on for?

Oh, they’re simply getting began. At the very least till the wee hours. Senators normally work French hours, Monday via early afternoon on Thursday, with many flying dwelling to their households on the weekends. Between yesterday’s read-aloud story time and at the moment’s vote-a-rama, senators are grounded in Washington for the weekend.

Why is that this bananas course of occurring?

This invoice has primarily no Republican assist. Yesterday all Senate Republicans voted against beginning debate, and no Republicans voted for its passing within the Home. Congress is a rat’s nest of abstruse guidelines that can be utilized to delay and annoy, which is what’s occurring.

Reduce to the chase: When are checks coming?

If vote-a-rama goes easily—huge “if”—the invoice might be a accomplished deal as early as Saturday, which might set you as much as obtain a test this month.

I’m positively getting a test if I bought one final time, proper?

Sadly, not essentially: This week, the revenue caps had been lowered, so people incomes greater than $80,000 and {couples} incomes greater than $160,000 won’t obtain checks. That cuts out an estimated 17 million recipients. Extra particulars on that right here.

What about unemployment? Any updates there?

Sure. As of Friday afternoon, Democrats had prolonged the additional $300 in weekly unemployment funds till October 4—this avoids the danger of the profit expiring whereas senators are exercising extra of their French work habits throughout summer time recess in August—however dropped their efforts to extend the quantity from $300 to $400. One other piece of fine information: Most of it won’t be taxable—$10,200.

We’ll maintain you up to date with the latest particulars as they unfold.