Bernie Sanders Is Drafting a $6 Trillion Infrastructure Package, Which Senate Democrats Are Considering Passing Without the GOP

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      eridani
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      https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/69958-focus-bernie-sanders-is-drafting-a-6-trillion-infrastructure-package-which-senate-democrats-are-considering-passing-without-the-gop

      The figure mirrors the significant level of spending that President Joe Biden laid out in his annual budget last month. But the Vermont senator is pushing for aggressive federal action to overhaul the economy. Politico first reported details about the blueprint.

      “We have an enormous amount of work in front of us,” Sanders said on Thursday after leaving a key budget meeting with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill. He ticked off areas for federal intervention — climate change, affordable housing and an urgency to level the playing field for average families.

      Sanders said that Democratic efforts to approve a party-line bill in reconciliation would commence within weeks: “We expect to have a whole lot done in July.” A spokesperson for the Senate Budget Committee declined to comment. But Sanders later told reporters he is seeking that amount of spending. “The bottom line here is this country faces crises.. working families are struggling and it’s about time we paid attention to their needs,” he said.

      Reconciliation is a legislative tactic that only requires 51 votes, though it involves strict budgetary rules. Sanders said this week that his reconciliation bill would include an expansion of Medicare, which would cut the eligibility age to 60 from 65.

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2021/06/17/led-sanders-senate-dems-weigh-6-trillion-infrastructure-bill-bipartisan-talks-fail

      Under the tentative plan, which would be pushed through the arcane and restrictive budget reconciliation process, “half of the proposed Democrats-only alternative would be paid for,” according to Politico. As head of the Senate’s budget panel, Sanders has significant influence over the size and scope of the emerging reconciliation bill, which would need just a simple-majority vote to pass.

      “About $2.5 trillion would go through the Finance Committee, $185 billion through the Energy Committee, and almost $500 billion through the Environment and Public Works Committee,” Politico noted, citing anonymous officials familiar with the proposal.

      The $6 trillion plan would go well beyond the roughly $4 trillion in spending that President Joe Biden proposed in his two-pronged infrastructure and safety-net package, which consists of the American Jobs Plan and the American Families Plan.

      The Washington Post reported Thursday that the $6 trillion plan is expected to include an expansion of Medicare, a top progressive priority that Biden left out of his original American Families Plan. The emerging proposal would lower the Medicare eligibility age from 65 to 60—a move that would open the healthcare program to 23 million people—and expand benefits to include dental, vision, and hearing.

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      KenTankerous
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      Can this really happen?

      You go, Bernie.

      "If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States."
      - Henry A. Wallace
      (FDR's Vice President until he was forced out by the corrupt forces of obscene wealth.)

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      Analysts have also raised alarm over how the bipartisan group is proposing to finance their package as Republican lawmakers refuse to accept any changes to the 2017 GOP tax cuts for the wealthy and large corporations.

      A two-page document (pdf) currently circulating in the Senate lists 11 potential pay-fors, including a reduction in the massive IRS tax gap and “asset recycling.”

      As The American Prospect’s David Dayen noted on Twitter, the latter proposal “is a concept from Australia” that entails “funding infrastructure by selling it to private companies.”

      I doubt that helping Americans is even a consideration in the bipartisan bill, not in actual reality.  Hey, if ya can’t pass the TPP, then starting inserting parts of it into faux progressive legislation.

      I think Bernie is on a mission to achieve at least part of his vision, against a lot of odds.  And Democrats.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      Everything I post is just my opinion, and, honestly, I would love to be wrong.

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      Ohio Barbarian
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