The House Budget Committee voted Saturday to pass the $3.5 trillion spending bill out of committee and send it to the House floor.
The vote was 20 to 17 with Democratic Rep. Scott Peters of California joining Republicans to vote against the bill. It came as a necessary step for the bill to reach the full House floor, where it can be amended.
Democrats have been struggling to pass President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, including the massive tax and spending bill that would expand education, health care and childcare support, address the climate crisis and make further investments in infrastructure.
The bill has raised concerns among moderates who worry some of the measures, including on drug pricing and climate, go too far, as progressives say they’ve already compromised enough. Republicans are united in their opposition to it.
During its Saturday meeting, the House Budget committee could not change what other committees have already voted to approve.
This story has been updated with additional information.
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