The New York Times reports:
The Senate took a major step early on Wednesday toward enacting a sweeping expansion of the nation’s social safety net, approving a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint along party lines that would allow Democrats to fund climate change, health care and education measures while increasing taxes on wealthy people and corporations.
After an unusual bipartisan approval of a $1 trillion infrastructure package a day earlier, the vote over unanimous Republican opposition allows Senate Democrats to create an expansive package that will carry the remainder of President Biden’s $4 trillion economic agenda.
The Senate adopted the measure 50 to 49, with one lawmaker, Senator Mike Rounds, Republican of South Dakota, absent.
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Rounds’ wife is undergoing cancer treatment.
Breaking News: The Senate approved a $3.5 trillion budget plan along party lines that would fund climate initiatives and health care while raising taxes on the wealthy.https://t.co/fGPtKvofXu
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