U.S Congress passes Biden’s domestic budget blueprint

Written by on August 25, 2021

The US Congress has approved a $3.5tn (£2.54tn) budget blueprint, setting the stage for Democrats to enact President Joe Biden’s ambitious economic agenda.

The rule that passed on Tuesday allows Democrats, who narrowly control both chambers, to move ahead with key policy proposals.

Mr Biden’s party hopes to devote significant resources to family support, health and climate schemes.
It passed the House of Representatives 220-212, with no Republican support.

The resolution’s fate was unclear as late as Tuesday morning, amid a standoff between progressive and centrist House Democrats.

The Democrats are enacting a process called budget reconciliation to approve Mr Biden’s larger spending package – and passage of the budget blueprint Tuesday is the first step.

To win a compromise after over 24 hours of debate, top House Democrats have assured moderates that the infrastructure bill will be discussed on 27 September, when the House is back in session.

Credit: BBC

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