Democrats early Wednesday pushed a $3.5-trillion framework for bolstering family services and health and environment programs through the Senate, advancing President Biden’s expansive vision for reshaping federal priorities just hours after handing him a triumph on a hefty infrastructure package.
Lawmakers approved Democrats’ budget resolution on a party-line 50-49 vote, a crucial step for a president and party set on training the government’s fiscal might at assisting families, creating jobs and fighting climate change. Higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations would pay for much of it.
Passage came despite an avalanche of Republican amendments intended to make their rivals pay a price in next year’s elections for control of Congress.
House leaders announced that their chamber would return from summer recess in two weeks to vote on the fiscal blueprint, which contemplates disbursing the $3.5 trillion over the next decade. Final congressional approval, which seems certain, would protect a subsequent bill to enact the spending and tax changes from a Republican filibuster in the 50-50 Senate — a tactic that would probably kill it.
They can try and spin this any way they want, it won’t matter in the long run.
Three and a half Trillion dollars is going to be Chump Change when everyone is running around with fist fulls of this kind of stuff.