Democrats’ Newest Proposal Would Be A Huge Deal for Families

Policies like free pre-K, paid family leave, and hard limits on childcare expenses could transform the lives of millions of working parents and their kids.

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Senator Sanders and Chuck Schumer sit together and chat

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders finally revealed a blueprint for the most ambitious federal budget in decades, $3.5 trillion in new spending and targeted tax breaks that would transform the United States’ approach to everything from climate change to education. After more than 14 hours of debate on various nonbinding amendments—the so-called vote-a-rama process—it passed along party lines, opening the door for Democrats to hash out the details.

If passed in a form anywhere near what the resolution lays out, this budget would significantly improve the lives of millions of American families.

It would amount to what Sanders calls “the most consequential piece of legislation for working people, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor since FDR and the New Deal of the 1930s.” Here’s what you need to know.

What does the package contain?

global warminguniversal pre-Kcommunity collegepaid family and sick leaveMedicare

Will this budget actually pass?

the budget reconciliation process

the last time reconciliation was useda letter to his colleagues

What happens next?

the bipartisan infrastructure billthe request of a half-dozen conservative Democratsbelief that human infrastructure should

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