The Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee have agreed upon a massive $3.5 trillion for the budget resolution they plan to pass through Congress in the next few weeks. However, they will not only have to sell it to the Republicans in both the House and Senate, but they will also have to sell it to their own party.
So what does the new budget entail? Most of the details are still yet to be resolved. However, the priorities of the party include an expansion of medicare benefits, more funding for public education and childcare, funding to increase efforts in abating climate change, and a major increase in the size and scope of our current Social Security system.
The bill is also expected to include tax increases on corporations and the rich; sticking to Biden’s pledge to not raise taxes for those earning less than $400,000 a year. The plan is expected to include funds for a major expansion of the IRS. But those tax provisions could be a stumbling block that ultimately results in a smaller package, as tax increases are reduced, or the Congressional Budget Office determines that revenues will fall short of estimates.
The long term effects of the spending are not the only cause that many in Congress are concerned about. Critics are already doubting that even the Democrats will all agree to this deal, as moderates doubt the Government’s ability to fund it. It is not currently expected to win any support from the Republican party due to similar doubts, as well as the size of the projected spending.
Despite the apprehension, Biden plans to persist in what The Washington Post has called “a massive expansion in the size and power of the government”. It will allow the Democrats to enact trillions in spending on a variety of projects for the next ten years. In the coming weeks, details will be hammered out, and we as Americans will be able to see more fully the scope of this deal.
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This article originally published on GREY Journal.