Biden relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority
By Jordain Carney - 03/02/21 06:20 PM EST
Senate Democrats are facing an early stress test of their fragile majority as they try to pass a massive coronavirus bill this week.
President Biden and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) need the support of every member in the caucus to get the bill through the 50-50 chamber and to beat back what is expected to be an hours-long marathon of GOP efforts to chip away at the bill.
Biden, during a call with Democrats on Tuesday, urged the party to remain unified, stressing the popularity of the sweeping $1.9 trillion coronavirus package among voters.
â€œPresident Biden made his pitch today to our entire caucus. And he said we need to pass this bill and pass it soon,â€ Schumer said after the call.
Democrats are likely to face their first test of unity Wednesday, when they could take an initial vote on proceeding to the House-passed coronavirus bill.