WASHINGTON — Top congressional Democrats say they and the White House have agreed to a “framework” to pay for their emerging $3.5 trillion social and environment bill.
On Thursday, Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer and House speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the news to reporters. The significance of the developments was not clear and they did not provide any further details.
Behind the scenes, Democratic congressional leaders and officials of the Biden administration have been discussing the massive tax and spending package.
The Biden White House and progressive Democrats are seeking $3.5 trillion to expand support for working families, universal Pre-K programs, expanded health care assistance and efforts to combat climate change.
There has been division within the party over the final size of the bill and details. No public announcement has been made that any agreements have been reached on these crucial issues.
All 50 Senate Democrats must support Biden’s bill in order for it to pass.