FEB. 16 IS THE NEXT BIG DAY FOR BIDEN’S ECONOMIC PLAN

The next date circled in red for Democrats working on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion economic plan is Feb. 16, the deadline for congressional committees to produce the legislation to put the proposal into law.

“Next week, we will be writing the legislation to create a path to final passage for the Biden American Rescue Plan, so that we can finish our work before the end of February,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to her Democratic colleagues Friday.

The House approved on a 219-209 vote the budget resolution that the Senate had adopted early Friday morning on a 51-50 vote. The Senate vote came after a long night of wrangling over amendments called “vote-a-rama.”

The budget resolution gives instructions to several congressional committees to come up with legislative language to meet targets set in the resolution. That language is due by Feb. 16 and once consolidated into a single bill will be voted on by the House and Senate.