The House and Senate completed action today on a fiscal year 2021 budget blueprint that is intended to pave the way for the eventual enactment of a $1.9 TRILLION COVID-19 relief bill. The Senate acted on the measure in the pre-dawn hours of Friday, February 5, 2021, with the House following hours later.
Friday's congressional action occurred in connection with S. Con. Res. 5, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2021 (Budget Resolution). The Senate passed the measure by a vote of 51-50, with Vice President Harris casting the tie-breaking vote, at about 5:23 am EST on February 5. The House concurred in the Senate action at about 2:23 pm EST later that day, doing so by a vote of 219-209.
The measure is a "skinny budget resolution" designed to provide a vehicle for facilitating enactment of a budget reconciliation bill that would be comprised of President Biden's COVID-19 relief proposals.