Senate MPs unveil $ 3.5 billion budget for social and climate efforts

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Senate Democrats on Monday released a budget resolution that calls for $ 3.5 trillion in spending increases and tax breaks to boost social and environmental programs

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats on Monday unveiled a budget resolution that calls for $ 3.5 trillion in spending increases and tax breaks to bolster social and environmental programs, setting up a fall battle over ambitions for domestic policy of President Joe Biden.

The introduction of the measure marks the start of a long legislative journey through Congress of legislation that Democrats say will result in a gradual overhaul of government this fall. To succeed, they will have to overcome the probably unanimous Republican opposition and find the right balance between the demands of their own progressive and moderate factions, often antagonistic.

“Basically, this legislation is about restoring the middle class to the 21st century and giving more Americans a chance to make it happen,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., said in a letter to his colleagues which 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; expand tax breaks for children and some low-income workers; and the establishment of paid leave for family and sickness.

Health insurance coverage would be expanded to cover dental, hearing and vision benefits. Spending would increase for housing, home health care and skills training, and new resources would go to efforts to encourage a faster transition to clean energy.

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