Senate passed a FY 2022 Budget Resolution
SUMMARY: The Senate passed a FY 2022 Budget Resolution, the first step in a two-part process to pass the President’s American Families Plan and American Jobs Plan, which is expected to include additional funding for the IRS and paid family leave.
Today, the Senate passed a budget resolution for FY 2022, S. Con. Res. 14, which directs congressional committees to draft legislation to be included in a reconciliation bill that will enact President Biden’s American Families Plan/American Jobs Plan agenda. The budget resolution is designed to allow for $3.5 trillion in spending, fully offset by revenue and other savings.
The budget reconciliation process first requires Congress to pass a budget resolution, which provides reconciliation instructions to specific committees in the House and Senate and shapes what Congress can include in the ultimate budget reconciliation bill. The Budget Committees in the House and Senate then merge legislation from those committees into one bill to be considered on the House and Senate floor under reconciliation procedures, which notably requires only 50 votes in the Senate.
The Senate FY 2022 Budget Resolution provides instructions to 13 House and 12 Senate committees. While the actual text of the budget resolution only lists spending levels, Senate Democrats have provided a list of policies that they intend to include in the reconciliation legislation, which largely overlaps with those from President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan, including creating a paid Family and Medical Leave benefit that is expected to cover federal workers and increasing investment in IRS enforcement.
The House announced that they will return on August 23 to vote on the budget resolution and formally begin the reconciliation process. Please be assured as Congress continues to work on the budget and reconciliation bill, NTEU will continue to fight for priorities important to our members. I will update you on further developments.