Senate Democrats announce $3.5T go-it-alone reconciliation budget agreement

Senate Democrats announce $3.5T go-it-alone reconciliation budget agreement


Senate Democrats said they reached a framework for a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill proposal they will attempt to move in the upper chamber without Republican support alongside a bipartisan infrastructure proposal.

“The budget resolution with instructions will be $3.5 trillion,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in a press conference Tuesday night. “Add that to the $600 billion in the bipartisan plan, you get to $4.1 trillion, which is very, very close to what President Biden asked us for.”

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The New York Democrat said that “every major program” President Joe Biden asked for in his original American Families Plan will be funded “in a robust way,” plus some additions.

In the deal is a major item on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’s wish list: “Robust expansion of Medicare,” Schumer said.

“Including money for dental, vision, and hearing,” the Democrat added.

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