Senate Approves $3.5 Trillion Budget Framework

Headline Roundup August 11th, 2021

The U.S. Senate approved the framework of the Biden administration's $3.5 trillion budget plan on Wednesday morning with a 50-49 vote along party lines. The procedural vote allows the Senate to move towards a final vote on the budget. The plan now goes to the House, where progressives have refused to vote on the infrastructure bill until the House approves the budget plan. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he hopes the package will pass in mid-September. Meanwhile, the final details will be negotiated by a dozen Senate committees, with some Democrats wary of the price tag.

Outlets on the left were more likely to praise Biden for his "expansive" vision.

From the Right
302
federal budget, US Senate, Senate Democrats

The Senate approved the framework of a $3.5 trillion budget plan in a key procedural vote on Wednesday morning, allowing the body to move towards a final vote on the issue.

Senators voted to advance the framework 50-49 along party lines, with Senator Mike Rounds (R., S.D.) absent. The vote came just before 4 a.m. following a “vote-a-rama,” during which senators introduced amendments for largely symbolic votes designed to test the level of Senate support for various issues.

The plan provides for universal pre-kindergarten, free two-year community college, tax incentives for clean-energy...

Read full story
Some content from this outlet may be limited or behind a paywall.
From the Left
302
federal budget, US Senate, Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion framework for bolstering family services, health, and environment programs through the Senate early Wednesday, advancing President Joe Biden’s expansive vision for reshaping federal priorities just hours after handing him a companion 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 on assisting families, creating jobs and fighting climate change. Higher taxes on the wealthy and corporations would pay for much of it. Passage...

Read full story
From the Center
302
federal budget, US Senate, Senate Democrats

The Senate passed a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint early Wednesday, the first step in an arduous process designed to allow Democrats to push through a sweeping package of education, healthcare, climate and other provisions without GOP support.

The party line vote, 50-49, came just before 4 a.m., one day after the Senate passed a roughly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. It is an initial victory for President Biden and congressional Democrats who are seeking to pass as much of their legislative agenda as possible this year, before next year’s midterm elections overtake Capitol...

Read full story
Some content from this outlet may be limited or behind a paywall.