Senate Debate Begins on $3.5 Trillion Budget

Provisions include universal preschool and amnesty for millions.

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said the Senate would begin debate on a $3.5 trillion budget resolution. The proposal would pay for universal preschool, free community college, paid family and medical leave, expanded Medicare benefits, and provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

In a letter to his partisan colleagues, Senator Schumer wrote, “At its core, this legislation is about restoring the middle class in the 21st Century and giving more Americans the opportunity to get there. By making education, health care, child care, and housing more affordable, we can give tens of millions of families a leg up. By making further investments in infrastructure, we can create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs. And by finally tackling climate change, we can spare our country and our planet the most devastating effects of global warming.”

The measure does not represent the final spending package, but, if passed, it would allow partisans to later pass the legislation with only 51 votes rather than the usual 60 votes. Opposition to the bill is expected from members of the minority party. The measure is on track to become the largest spending package in history.

The majority leader expects legislators to vote this week on passing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the Senate as they begin consideration of the budget spending plan.
  • For the senators when the vote on the infrastructure bill is finally called later this week.
  • For wisdom for members of both parties as discussions of the budget commence.

Sources: Washington Examiner, CNBC


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