Post the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the Senate on Tuesday, the democrats will move to votes on the budget measure and commence the reconciliation process.
A budget resolution of $3.5T was released as Senate’s vote this week to kick off the divisive reconciliation process and complicated reconciliation process to support the economic agenda of President Biden.
A Budget Resolution Of $3.5t Was Released By Democrats Prioritizing Education, Climate, And Health.
The budget resolution highlighted and gave utmost priority to the reconciliation instructions and top-lined the concerns of climate, education, healthcare, jobs, and infrastructure. These were not earlier included in the $1.2 trillion Bipartisan bills that are expected to pass on Tuesday. The reconciliation budget allows the budget-related legislation to bypass and advance filibusters with a majority of 51 out of 60.
With the split of 50-50 Senate, the democrats can move legislation without the support of Republicans as long as the senators support the bill along with vice president Kamala Harris voting as a tie-breaker. However, a fight on the price tag and priorities is brewing amongst the diverse committee of democrats. The senate democrats have agreed to at least commence the reconciliation process with the upcoming votes on the budget measure. It is speculated that a lot of hauling will be there over crafting the final product.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York in a letter to colleagues while acknowledging the change that the final product could lead to owing to the difference between moderates and progressive. The leader said in the letter, “Please remember that the resolution only includes ‘top-line reconciliation instructions to the committees and that every senator will have opportunities to shape and influence the final reconciliation bill after the adoption of the budget resolution,”. Please remember that the resolution only includes ‘top-line reconciliation instructions to the committees and that every senator will have opportunities to shape and influence the final reconciliation bill after the adoption of the budget resolution.” In the letter, the leader also added and advised setting up a month-long timetable for various committees to write the respective piece of the reconciliation bill.
After the bipartisan bill is passed by the senates, the democrats will immediately move to long vote series referred to as Vote-a-Rama on the budget resolution before the lawmakers return for recess. If the bipartisan bill is passed on Tuesday morning, the senate would quickly transit and work on the budget bill.
The family measure in the budget includes tuition-free community college for two years, a universal pre-kindergarten, an extension for the child tax credit, and more Pell Grant Money. For health care, the budget deals with hearing, dental and vision benefits of Medicare recipients. It also intends to make further investments in the Affordable Care Act.
The infrastructure and climate measures in the bipartisan bill focus on creating tax incentives for clean energy, transportation, and manufacturing. It also emphasized the public, green housing, and creating civilian climate corps.
Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said that the debt ceiling hike should be tackled in the reconciliation bill. He stated, “Democrats have all the existing tools they need to raise the debt limit on a partisan bill. If they want 50 lock-step Democratic votes to spend trillions and trillions (of dollars) more, they can find 50 Democratic votes to finance it.”