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Democrats jumpstart efforts to bypass Republicans on follow-up $3.5 trillion spending plan poised to raise taxes on wealthy Americans

Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer walking on Capitol Hill.

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Senate Democrats voted to begin taking up a $3.5 trillion budget resolution on Tuesday, starting what will likely be a months-long effort to sidestep Republicans on a follow-up spending plan that’s poised to raise taxes on wealthy Americans and prompt a major expansion of the social safety net.

All 50 Senate Democrats banded together to start debate on the plan, the first step in the reconciliation process.  This path allows passage of certain bills with a simple majority of 51 votes, instead of the 60 typically required in the Senate. The move came immediately after details ⇒

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