• Wed. Oct 20th, 2021

House passes Biden’s $3.5 trillion blueprint

By: The Associated Press & Scripps National

WASHINGTON (AP) — Compromising with moderates, House Democratic leaders muscled President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar budget blueprint over a key hurdle.

The 220-212 vote Tuesday hoped to end a standoff that halted proceedings but signaled challenges ahead.

A band of moderate lawmakers was threatening to withhold their support for the $3.5 trillion plan.

They are demanding the House first approved a $1 trillion public works package that’s already passed the Senate.

House leaders are offering them a Sept. 27 date for a vote on the bipartisan bill as a compromise.

Passage would be a key first step toward approval of the broader Biden packages this fall.