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The Senate is preparing to vote on another stimulus bill — the third of the pandemic.
The bill has the hallmarks of a classic stimulus package: money to help individual Americans, and aid to local and state governments.
It also contains provisions that would usher in long-term structural changes that have been pushed for many years by Democrats: an increase in the federal minimum wage and a major expansion of tax credits to decrease child poverty.
Republicans are unconvinced. But a process known as budget reconciliation, which allows certain bills that deal with taxes and spending to pass with just 51 votes, could mean that bipartisan support isn’t necessary.
Today, we explore the contours of the Biden administration’s stimulus bill and the debate over its size and ambition.
On today’s episode
The stimulus bill is polling strongly across the country, including with many Republican voters, despite a scattershot series of attacks from congressional Republicans.
Before the vote on President Biden’s stimulus package, here’s a fact check on some of the common talking points.
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Jim Tankersley contributed reporting.
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