Senate passes $3.5 trillion budget blueprint that would expand Medicare

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The Senate approved a budget resolution Aug. 11, the first step toward passing a $3.5 trillion spending plan that would expand Medicare, according to The Wall Street Journal

The Democratic-held Senate voted to pass the budget resolution 50-49 along party lines. The budget plan directs committees to draft a bill that would spend up to $3.5 trillion on education, healthcare and other provisions. 

Democrats said the package would add a new dental, vision and hearing benefit to the Medicare program and create a federal program to provide healthcare coverage in the 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the ACA. 

Congress likely will not pass the bill for weeks, according to CNBC

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