WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Democrats unveiled a budget resolution Monday allocating $ 3.5 trillion in spending increases and tax breaks aimed at strengthening social and environmental programs, setting up a fall battle for ambitions. internal policies of President Joe Biden.
The measure sets the stage for legislation later this year that over a decade would spend mountains of federal resources on its top priorities. More money would be included for health care, education, family services and environmental programs and tax breaks for families, and much of that money would be paid for in tax increases for the wealthy and corporations.
The introduction of the measure marks the beginning of a long legislative journey through Congress of legislation that Democrats hope this fall will result in a progressive reshuffle of government. To be successful, they will have to overcome likely unanimous Republican opposition and find the sweet spot between the demands of their own progressive and moderate, often antagonistic factions.
“In essence, this legislation is about restoring the middle class in the 21st century and giving more Americans the opportunity to get there,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said in a letter to his colleagues. colleagues who unveiled the plan. .
The resolution calls for the creation of a free pre-kindergarten for three and four years of gold and two years of free community college; expanding tax breaks for children and some low-income workers; and the establishment of paid family and sick leave.
Medicare coverage would be expanded to cover dental, hearing and vision benefits. Spending would increase for housing, home health care and job training, and the new resources would go toward efforts to foster a faster transition to clean energy.
To pay for the plans, taxes would be raised for wealthy people and large corporations, with no increase for people making less than $ 400,000 a year, a key promise of Biden’s campaign. The budget also calls for reducing the prices the federal government pays for the pharmaceuticals it buys for Medicare beneficiaries, a longtime goal of Democrats who want the government to be able to negotiate those prices.
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