By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats on Tuesday began pushing through their sweeping $ 3.5 trillion framework to bolster family services, health and environment programs in the Senate, as Republicans responded with an avalanche amendments aimed at making rivals pay the price in next year’s elections.
Congressional approval of the seemingly assured budget resolution would mark a crucial first step for Democrats towards implementing the core of President Joe Biden’s national agenda. That would open the door for a follow-up action to get the government’s fiscal power to help families, create jobs and tackle climate change, with higher taxes for the rich and big corporations paying a large chunk of money. the bill.
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Once a progressive voice in the congressional wilderness and now a national figure with legislative clout, said the measure would help children, families, seniors and workers – and would do even more.
“It will also, I hope, restore the faith of the American people in the belief that we can have a government that works for all of us, not just a few,” he said.
Republicans argued that the Democrats’ proposals would waste money, raise economically damaging taxes, fuel inflation, and codify far-left diktats that hurt Americans. They were happy to use Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, to try to tar all Democrats backing the measure.