Η αμερικανική Γερουσία ψήφισε ένα ιστορικό πακέτο 1,2 τρισεκατομμυρίων δολαρίων την Τρίτη με μια δικομματική πλειοψηφία 69-30 (ψήφισαν και 19 Ρεπουμπλικάνοι) για κρατικές κυρίως επενδύσεις σε πεπαλαιωμένες υποδομές: δρόμων, γέφυρων, σιδηρόδρομων, συγκοινωνιών και ηλεκτρικού δικτύου.
Τώρα το νομοσχέδιο αυτό θα πάει στη Βουλή των Αντιπροσώπων, όπου τα πράγματα θα είναι λίγο πιο δύσκολα, πριν υπογραφτεί από τον Πρόεδρο Τζο Μπάιντεν.
Το επόμενο και πολύ σημαντικό νομοσχέδιο των 3,5 τρις για το κοινωνικό κράτος αναμένεται να ψηφιστεί στη Γερουσία στα τέλη Αυγούστου. Το εισηγήθηκε χθες ο Μπέρνι Σάντερς ως καθ’ υλην αρμόδιος (Πρόεδρος της Επιτροπής Προϋπολογισμού της Γερουσίας) και είναι το πιο σημαντικό νομοθετικό πλαίσιο για τους εργαζόμενους, τη δημόσια εκπαίδευση και υγεία, τους ηλικιωμένους, τα παιδιά, τους ασθενείς και τους φτωχούς από την εποχή του Φραγκλίνου Ρούσβελτ (FDR) και το New Deal της δεκαετίας του 1930.
Μεταξύ άλλων προβλέπει καθολική προσχολική εκπαίδευση από τα 3 έτη και δωρεάν Κοινοτικά Κολλέγια (δύο χρόνων) στη τριτοβάθμια εκπαίδευση. Δρομολογεί ριζική στροφή προς την πράσινη ενέργεια για να αντιμετωπιστεί η κλιματική κρίση. Επίσης προβλέπει δρόμους πολιτογράφησης για όσους μετανάστες είναι δίχως (νόμιμα) χαρτιά ιδιαίτερα εκείνων που πρόσφεραν ως εργαζόμενοι πρώτης γραμμής μέσα στην πανδημία. Τέλος, διευκολύνονται οι εργαζομένοι να ενταχθούν σε συνδικάτα.
Εάν περάσει ως έχει -έστω με μικροδιαφοροποιήσεις- θα είναι μια ολική επαναφορά στον Κευνσιανισμό.
Τα υπόλοιπα στα αγγλικά με τα λόγια του Bernie Sanders
The $3.5 trillion Budget Resolution that I am introducing today will allow the Senate to move forward on a reconciliation bill that will be the most consequential piece of legislation for working people, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor since FDR and the New Deal of the 1930s.
It will also put the U.S. in a global leadership position to combat climate change and make our planet healthy and habitable for future generations.
Further, and importantly, this legislation will create millions of good paying jobs as we address the long-neglected needs of working families and saving the planet.
At a time of massive income and wealth inequality this is a budget that will end the days of billionaires and large, profitable corporations not paying a nickel in federal income taxes. Yes. We will finally ask the very wealthy and largest corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.
Under this budget, however, no family making under $400,000 a year will pay a penny more in taxes and will, in fact, receive one of the largest tax cuts in American history.
We will substantially reduce our childhood poverty rate by expanding the Child Tax Credit so that families continue to receive monthly direct payments of up to $300 per child.
We will address the crisis in childcare by making sure that no working family pays more than 7 percent of their income on this basic need. Making child care more accessible and affordable will also strengthen our economy by allowing more Americans to join the work force.
We will provide universal pre-kindergarten to every 3-and-4-year-old.
We will end the international disgrace of the United States being the only major country on earth not to guarantee paid family and medical leave as a right.
We will begin to address the crisis in higher education by making community colleges in America tuition-free.
We will save taxpayers hundreds of billions by requiring that Medicare negotiate prescription drug prices with the pharmaceutical industry and we will use those savings to expand Medicare by covering the dental care, hearing aids and eyeglasses that seniors desperately need.
We will combat homelessness in America and address the reality that nearly 18 million households are paying over 50 percent of their income for housing by an unprecedented investment in affordable housing.
We will ensure that people in an aging society can receive the health care they need in their own homes instead of expensive and inadequate nursing homes and that the workers who provide that care aren’t forced to live on starvation wages.
We will take on the existential threat of climate change by transforming our energy systems toward renewable energy and energy efficiency. Through a Civilian Climate Corps we will give hundreds of thousands of young people good paying jobs and educational benefits as they help us combat climate change.
We will bring undocumented people out of the shadows and provide them with a pathway to citizenship, including those who courageously kept our economy running in the middle of a deadly pandemic.
We will fight to make it easier, not harder, for workers to join unions in America.
For too many decades, Congress has ignored the needs of the working class, the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor. Now is the time for bold action. Now is the time to restore faith in ordinary Americans that their government can work for them, and not just wealthy campaign contributors. I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this Budget Resolution and a reconciliation bill that works for working families, not the top one percent.
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