Senate Democrats are considering giving Republicans the opportunity to vote on whether to extend a Trump-era border policy, Title 42. Experts say this ‘open-door’ strategy may bring more progress on a stalled COVID relief package. Many House Democrats are prioritizing the COVID bill and are eager to get it passed.
“When the House passes it, we will do everything we can to get COVID legislation passed,” said Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY).
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) proposed an amendment that would block Title 42 from being lifted. The decision to lift Title 42 has been met with criticism from both parties. If enough Democratic senators support the bill, ending Title 42 could be effectively blocked as part of the coronavirus bill.