Senate Votes to Begin Debate on Democrats’ $3.5 Trillion Package

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) moved quickly on Tuesday to advance Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget resolution bill, coming soon after the Senate voted to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure measure. No GOP senators voted in favor of the budget measure, although 19 of them voted for the infrastructure measure. Ahead of the second vote, Schumer attempted to assuage left-wing Democrat Congress members, saying the budget would meet their requirements. “To my colleagues who are concerned that this does not do enough on climate, for families and making corporations and the rich pay their fair share: we are moving on to a second track which will make generational transformation in these areas,” he said on the floor. Democrats on Monday, including Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), said they would attempt to pass the massive spending package via budget reconciliation, which only requires a simple majority. The Senate Parliamentarian’s …Read More

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