The GOP-controlled Senate passed the $1.6 trillion, two-year spending package Tuesday, setting the stage for a showdown with Democrats over the GOP’s latest fiscal blueprint.
Democrats are still weighing whether to bring their own version of the measure to the floor, which has been the focus of a partisan debate over the past several months.
But with Republicans in control of the Senate, a vote on the package could be in order.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) are expected to push for an increase in spending, with Warren telling reporters that “we’re going to make sure we get to $1 trillion in spending that will help our economy, our children and our seniors.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Democrats have been “very careful” in their language to avoid the word “deficit” in the spending measure, which they say is needed to pay for higher spending on domestic programs.
“The problem is, we can’t get to that $1,000 trillion in debt without raising taxes,” he said.
Democrats, meanwhile, are still looking for ways to offset the $600 billion in cuts they made to social services under the GOP-crafted legislation.
But the House GOP plan is still being hammered by the administration, and Republicans are likely to be pushing for some spending cuts as part of the deal.
In addition to the spending plan, the Senate approved a bill that would allow President Donald Trump to delay or cancel certain federal payments to farmers, small businesses and others.
It also approved legislation that would limit the ability of Congress to approve the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal.
Republicans in the Senate also approved a proposal that would prevent Trump from withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accord, which Democrats and others have been trying to block.
And they passed a bill to block Trump from appointing Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
But the Democrats’ victory Monday night in the House of Representatives over the Senate’s plan was overshadowed by the Senate Democrats’ decision to hold up another $1 billion in spending to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Republicans are hoping to use the money to help shore up the nation’s infrastructure, including roads, bridges and tunnels, and the Trump administration said it will be looking for other ways to help flood victims and other Americans suffering from flooding.