Senate Democrats pass budget package, a victory for Biden

 

August 8, 2022

KENNY HOLSTON, New York Times

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) gave two thumbs up after Democrats passed a climate, tax and health care spending package on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sunday, Aug. 7.

WASHINGTON - Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage Sunday, a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden's original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations.

The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House, where lawmakers are poised to deliver on Biden's priorities, a stunning turnaround of what had seemed a lost and doomed effort that suddenly roared back to political life. Cheers broke out as Senate Democrats held united, 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote after an all-night session.

"Today, Senate Democrats sided with American families over special interests," President Joe Biden said in a statement from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. "I ran for President promising to make government work for working families again, and that is what this bill does - period."


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