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Senate Democrats Pass $3.5 Trillion Blueprint for Biden’s Agenda

Senate Democrats took a major step toward the biggest expansion in decades of federal efforts intended to reduce poverty, care for the elderly and protect the environment, passing a $3.5 trillion budget framework that opens the way for President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. The measure passed on a party-line vote of 50-49. It provides a path for enactment of a long list of Democratic priorities but will require progressives and moderates to stay in alignment. It will be largely paid for by rolling back tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy. However, there is still a way to go until it’s decided what precisely is in the bill. Committees are supposed to complete the bill by Sept. 15, but the process of negotiating such an enormous package and passing it through both chambers will likely drag on much longer.  The budget resolution allows the Democrats to bypass a Republican filibuster, but there is still ample opportunity for Democrats on the right of the party, like Manchin or Sinema, to block it in the Senate, and for various Democratic factions within the House of Representatives, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) can only afford to drop three votes on a party-lines vote, to derail the process if their demands aren’t met. The Senate’s Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) condemned the Democrats’ plans for a “reckless taxing and spending spree” and said his party won’t assist the Democrats in passing the package.

August 12, 2021

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