US Senate Approves $3.5 Trillion Budget Resolution

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The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. (Photo by Diaa Bekheet)

The U.S. Senate narrowly passed a $3.5 trillion budget plan early Wednesday providing the framework for spending to sharply expand family services, health, education and environmental programs. 

The package includes many priorities of President Joe Biden and was supported only by senators from his Democratic Party in the 50-to-49 vote.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the budget resolution would “provide historic investments in American jobs, American families, and the fight against climate change.”

“It puts us on track to bring a generational transformation to how our economy works for average Americans,” Schumer tweeted early Wednesday.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday ahead of the vote that the minority Republicans lacked the votes to stop the Democratic majority, but he called the legislation “absolutely jaw-dropping.” 

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