Senate OKs Dems’ $3.5T Budget

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters before meeting with Democratic members of the Texas Legislature who are trying to kill a Republican bill in Austin that would make it harder to vote in the Lone Star State, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 13, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(AP) — Democrats have pushed a $3.5 trillion framework for bolstering family services, health, and environment programs through the Senate. The chamber’s party-line approval of the budget resolution advances President Joe Biden’s expansive vision for reshaping federal priorities. And it happened just hours after senators handed him a companion $1 trillion infrastructure package. The budget’s passage was crucial for a president and party set on training the government’s fiscal might at assisting families, creating jobs and fighting climate change. That’s because the fiscal blueprint will protect a subsequent bill this fall actually enacting Democrats’ policies from GOP Senate filibusters that would kill it.


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