Vice President Kamala Harris broke the 50-50 deadlock in the upper house, delivering Democrats’ goals on tax, pharmaceutical benefits and global warming.
Democrats push $740 billion Biden economic package through Senate
Democrats pushed their election-year economic package to Senate passage on Sunday. It was a hard-fought compromise less ambitious than President Joe Biden’s original domestic vision but one that still meets deep-rooted party goals of slowing global warming, moderating pharmaceutical costs and taxing immense corporations.
The estimated $740 billion package heads next to the House of Representatives, where lawmakers are poised to deliver on Biden’s priorities. It was a stunning turnaround of what had seemed a lost and doomed effort that suddenly roared back to political life.
Cheers broke out as Senate Democrats held united, 51-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote after an all-night session.
“Today, Senate Democrats sided with American families over special interests,” President Joe Biden said in a statement from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. “I ran for President promising to make government work for working families again, and that is what this bill does – period.”