Democrats Unveil $3.5 Trillion Social Safety Net and Climate Change Spending Blueprint

Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a draft budget resolution that maps $3.5 trillion in spending, including for paid medical leave, two years of tuition-free community college, and a bevy of climate change fighting initiatives. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released the budget plan on Monday (pdf), saying in a statement that Democrats plan to advance the legislation via the budget reconciliation process, allowing them to avoid having to get any Republican buy-in. “Yes, we will pass this budget with 51 votes, not 60, by passing it under the rules of reconciliation,” Sanders said, adding, “today, with Democrats in control of the Senate, we will use reconciliation to benefit the working class, not the billionaire class.” Republicans, a number of whom back the smaller traditional infrastructure package negotiated in a bipartisan fashion that is now making its way through the Senate, are expected to unanimously oppose the Democrats’ …Read More

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