Democrats are nudging toward Senate approval their $3.5 trillion framework for bolstering family services, health and environment programs.
Passage seems inevitable, but Republicans have unleashed an avalanche of amendments aimed at making their rivals pay a price in next year’s elections.
The House is expected to give the fiscal blueprint final congressional approval in two weeks.
Budget passage would inoculate a subsequent bill actually enacting the specific policy changes from a Senate filibuster that would otherwise kill it.
Republicans argue that the Democratic proposals would waste money, raise economy-wounding taxes and fuel inflation.