a group of people standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, speak to members of the media as they walk out of a budget resolution meeting at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ORG XMIT: DCAH114Senate Democrats early Wednesday completed an important initial step in their quest to approve a $3.5 trillion bill aimed at tackling a number of President Joe Biden’s priorities by subsidizing child care, expanding caregiving and providing free community college and pre-kindergarten.

The Senate, after hours of debate, passed a resolution along party lines on a 50-49 vote that gives committees in Congress instructions to begin crafting the bill, using the resolution as a “blueprint.” A final vote on the bill isn’t expected until the fall.

But Wednesday’s vote serves as the start of a broader fight among Democrats tasked with creating a bill that is crucial to the passage of a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan the Senate passed Tuesday. Some moderate Senate Democrats have reservations about the $3.5 trillion price tag, while progressives Democrats in the House say they’re willing to vote against the infrastructure deal if the larger package isn’t to their liking.

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