Without Single GOP Vote, Senate Approves $3.5 Trillion Budget Blueprint | Common Dreams News

The U.S. Senate approved a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint with a party-line vote in the early hours of Wednesday morning, a key step toward passage of sprawling legislation that would expand Medicare, establish paid family and medical leave, and make substantial investments in green energy.

In a floor speech ahead of Wednesday’s vote, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) noted that Republicans have repeatedly used the budget reconciliation process to reward the wealthy and large corporations, pointing specifically to the $1.5 trillion Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that the GOP rammed through in 2017.

“I do understand that many of my Republican colleagues are in a bit of shock now,” said Sanders, chair of the Senate Budget Committee and chief architect of the $3.5 trillion resolution. “They are finding it hard to believe that the president and the Democratic caucus are prepared to go forward in addressing the long-neglected needs of working families, and not just the 1% and wealthy campaign contributors. That’s not the way things usually happen around here. Usually it’s the big money interests and the lobbyists who call the tunes. But not today. Today, we move the country forward in a different direction.”

Without Single GOP Vote, Senate Approves $3.5 Trillion Budget Blueprint | Common Dreams News