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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. Photo: Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Senate Democrats on the Budget committee announced late Tuesday night that they have reached a deal on a $3.5 trillion package to address "human" infrastructure, which they plan to pass via reconciliation.

Why it matters: The price tag for the proposal — which is expected to include bold provisions on climate change, Medicare and education — comes in far below the $6 trillion figure Budget committee Chair Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) and other progressive Democrats have pushed for.

  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told reporters after the meeting that President Biden will join Senate Democrats at their caucus lunch on Wednesday — his first in-person meeting with lawmakers on the Hill as president — to discuss the package.

Details: Schumer said the budget plan will cover all of the major Biden administration proposals on human infrastructure, including the president's families, climate and housing programs.

  • He added that the plan will also include "a robust expansion of Medicare, including … money for dental, vision and hearing."
  • While negotiators are still finalizing details, the proposal is expected to fully offset with new revenues, among other pay-fors.
  • How to pay for the package remains a key sticking point in passing the bill.

Between the lines: Democrats have their work cut out for them in order to pass this bill.

  • Democratic leaders will need to get all 50 Senate Democrats on board — a huge feat in the current makeup of the party.
  • The timing comes as several key moderate Democrats are simultaneously working on a $1 trillion bipartisan package on "hard" infrastructure.

State of play: Schumer has been clear for weeks that he wants the Senate to consider this package on a "dual track" with the bipartisan proposal — but time is running out if they want to meet their self-imposed deadline of getting this done by August recess.

Flashback: In blow to Bernie, $3.5T likely starting point for Dem-only infrastructure bill

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Senate Democrats plan to offset some of their “soft” infrastructure spending by using dynamic scoring — a budgetary practice many of them called a gimmick just a few years ago.

Why it matters: The total size of the Democrat-only reconciliation bill will depend in large part on how much of it can be offset with new revenues. Using budgetary smoke and mirrors shows how hard Democrats are working to pass a big bill.

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told Axios on Tuesday that he hopes the Senate will pass a bipartisan police reform bill by the end of the month — setting a new deadline in the broader fight to massively overhaul the nation's policing.

Why it matters: Scott has been leading negotiations on a bipartisan deal for months, with the effort getting new legs in the wake of Derek Chauvin's murder trial. But the pressure to turn talks into legislation that can pass both chambers of Congress continues to be an uphill battle — and time is of the essence if lawmakers want to get a deal done before August recess.

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Texas Democrats who fled state urge Congress to pass voting rights legislation

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Dozens of Texas Democratic lawmakers held a press conference in D.C. on Tuesday to urge Congress to pass federal voting rights legislation, one day after they fled Texas to block the Republican-led legislature from passing restrictive new voting laws.

The latest: The Texas House of Representatives voted Tuesday to track down and force the Democrats to return to the legislature "under warrant of arrest if necessary," though it's unclear how that could be accomplished since Texas law enforcement lacks jurisdiction in D.C., according to the Texas Tribune.