With Vice President Kamala Harris serving as the tiebreaker, the Senate voted on Thursday to debate President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill. Republicans are largely united against the plan, arguing it's too large and includes provisions that aren't directly related to coronavirus relief. Progressive Democrats, meanwhile, argue the direct payments to Americans have been whittled down to too narrow a pool, and say undocumented immigrants should be included, among other issues. The debate and votes were delayed by Sen. Ron Johnson's (R-Wis.) insistence that the Senate clerk read aloud all 500 pages of the bill, which took all of Thursday afternoon and night. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has vowed to remain in session until the bill is passed.
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