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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 4: Vice President Kamala Harris is seen during photo ops with Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Alex Padilla (D-CA) in the Old Senate Chamber at the U.S. Capitol on February 4, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

The Senate has approved a budget bill that’s a key step toward fast-track passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan without support from Republicans. Vice President Kamala Harris was in the chair to cast the tie-breaking vote, her first. Democrats in the chamber applauded after Harris announced the 51-50 vote at around 5:30 a.m. Friday The action came after a grueling all-night session, where senators voted on amendments that could define the contours of the eventual COVID-19 aid bill. The budget now returns to the House, where it will have to be approved again due to the changes made by the Senate.