Democrats’ Deadline for $3.5 Trillion Budget, Tax Deal to Slip
By Erik Wasson
July 21, 2021, 5:56 PM
Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, the lead negotiator on a partisan $3.5 trillion budget blueprint, said Wednesday that Democrats didn’t yet have the necessary 50 votes to pass it.
Majority Leader Chuck Schumer had set a Wednesday deadline for an agreement on the top line spending levels of the budget deal, which is the legislative underpinning for much of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda. Democrats can spare no defections in the 50-50 Senate, and several senators are not yet on board with the $3.5 trillion negotiated by Budget Committee members.
Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with ...