Schumer announces $ 3.5 trillion spending plan to partner with infrastructure package

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In an announcement Tuesday evening, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the budget committee had reached an agreement to allocate $ 3.5 trillion to a spending program that would complement the president’s infrastructure plan. Biden.

“The budget committee has come to an agreement,” Schumer told reporters after a closed-door meeting with Democratic lawmakers.

“You add to that the $ 600 billion of a bipartisan plan and you get $ 4.1 trillion, which is very, very close to what President Biden asked of us,” Schumer said. “Every major program that President Biden has asked of us is solidly funded.”

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The plan will fund a budget reconciliation program so Democratic lawmakers can bypass the need for GOP support and protect funds from obstruction.

The budget will cover the costs of expanding health insurance, tackling climate change, child care and education – all expensive items considered “human infrastructure” that Republicans have said. they would fervently reject.

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Democrats will meet with Biden on Wednesday, the majority leader said after the closed-door meeting.

“We are very proud of this plan. We know we have a long way to go. We will do it to improve the lives of average Americans,” Schumer said.

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