Senate Budget Committee Democrats Agree To $3.5 Trillion Budget For Biden’s Agenda
Senate Democrats on the Budget Committee announced on Tuesday that they have agreed on a budget that will achieve many of President Joe Biden‘s campaign promises on welfare and family programs – without Republicans’ help.
The budget measure will cost a projected $3.5 trillion.
Democrats are confident in passing the plan. They can bypass a Republican filibuster using the Senate’s budget reconciliation rules, which they have already used when passing the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package earlier in March.
“We are very proud of this plan,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said. “We know we have a long road to go … If we pass this, this is the most profound change to help American families in generations.”
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However, the budget reconciliation will only work if all of the Democrats in the upper chamber approve as it will need all 50 Democrats to achieve a simple majority vote in the Senate. The deal was brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) who must still win over moderates like Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia), who could ask for a smaller amount.
“We need to pay for it,” Manchin said Tuesday. “I’d like to pay for all of it. I don’t think we need more debt.”
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