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Senate committees are racing against the clock to reach a projected deadline of Wednesday to present a draught of the $3.5 trillion budget resolution to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders. Climate change, education, and child care are all subject to compromise under the measure.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) wants a “strategic pause” on the $3.5 trillion package, arguing that $5.4 trillion in previously approved spending is still being disbursed, “so what’s the urgency?” he said during the “State of the Union” address. Manchin said ABC’s “This Week” that funding on bridges, roads, and other infrastructure projects in the Senate’s already-approved $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan are being “kept hostage” by the larger social spending bill.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) warned that if the infrastructure plan is submitted on its own, it would fail because certain progressive House Democrats have committed not to vote for it unless the budget resolution bill is also on the table.
On the other hand, Democrats who want green cards for Dreamers, immigrants, and farmworkers who came to the United States when they were children have asked the Senate parliamentarian if they can include this in the $3.5 trillion budget resolution. Approximately eight million people could be affected by the decision.