Senate May Work Into August, Leader Says

Senator Schumer looking for a “two-track” approach to agenda.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said that legislators may work into August in order to pass both a bipartisan infrastructure package and a separate reconciliation bill that would dramatically expand the government-funded safety net.

In a letter to his partisan colleagues, Senator Schumer reaffirmed his support for the so-called “two-track approach to President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ economic agenda.” He said the Senate Budget Committee is working to turn a $1.2 trillion bipartisan framework into legislation.

The committee is simultaneously creating a second package that would include provisions on combating climate change, expanding health care, and bolstering care for elderly and disabled Americans that would be funded by drastically raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations. 

Senator Schumer wrote, “Please be advised that time is of the essence and we have a lot of work to do. Senators should be prepared for the possibility of working long nights, weekends, and remaining in Washington into the previously-scheduled August state work period.”

Both congressional chambers are currently out of town for the Fourth of July recess.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of Congress as they return to Washington next week before the summer recess.
  • For wisdom for members of the Senate as they consider the infrastructure package and massive budget reconciliation.

Sources: Fox News, The Hill


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