On Wednesday, House Democrats unveiled their first comprehensive spending plan since the 2016 election.
It would provide billions for veterans and provide a much-needed infusion of federal cash to the nation’s public schools, while at the same time making deep cuts to the federal budget.
“Today’s bill is the beginning of a new era for the country and will allow the American people to finally know the truth about the president’s failed agenda,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said in a statement.
“We are proud to be taking this historic step.
I urge my colleagues to join me in passing this bill.”
Democrats are aiming to put $1.2 trillion into schools, according to the legislation.
They also want to double the number of federal jobs, which they say will be funded through tax hikes and tax credits.
But their plan includes a $400 billion cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which is meant to provide food to people struggling with hunger and the cold.
Republicans say the bill will increase the federal deficit by $1 trillion and slash the SNAP program by $20 billion.
This year, Congress passed the $1,092 billion budget and passed the spending bill, which would increase the debt ceiling by $10 billion.
Democrats say the $100 billion cuts in their plan will go much further, and they argue that if Congress passes a bill with $1 billion in cuts to SNAP, then Republicans will have to pass a spending bill to make up the difference.