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The Democrats are preparing for a week-long “fierce” on Capitol Hill as they scramble to eliminate differences and save Joe Biden’s legislation Agenda At the same time, avoid government shutdowns.
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives is expected to vote on Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill on Monday, which passed the U.S. Senate with bipartisan support earlier this year. For the bill to become law, it needs to be passed by both houses of Congress.
But several progressive lawmakers in the House of Representatives refused to support the spending plan because they sought to preserve Biden’s larger 3.5 trillion dollar budget plan, which would make a historic investment in the US social safety net. Moderate Democrats in both the House of Representatives and the Senate have stated that the budget plan is too expensive and must be scaled down.
These differences have put pressure on Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives. If she is to help the president fulfill her campaign promises, she must balance the interests of competing factions in the party. The Democrats maintain a majority of 8 votes in the House of Representatives, and control the 50-to-50 Senate by a narrow margin, and Vice President Kamala Harris can vote for the run-off. Party activists are already worried that they may lose in the midterm elections next year.
Pelosi insisted on Sunday that the infrastructure bill would be passed “this week,” but admitted that the vote is unlikely to take place on Monday.
“We will put the bill to a vote [on Monday] For consideration,” Pelosi told ABC News. “But you know I will never submit a bill without votes to the chamber. “
Her comment was echoed by Pramila Jayapal, a Democratic congresswoman from Washington State. She is the chair of the House of Representatives Progressive Caucus and has asked for weeks to ensure that the $350 million budget will not be moderated by West Virginia. The faction dilutes in the Senate. Joe Manchin And the Kelsten Cinema in Arizona.
“The speaker is a very good vote counter. She knows exactly the position of her core group, and we know it very well,” Jayapar told CNN on Sunday. “The ballot is not there. I don’t think she will bring it up.”
Jayapar’s firm opposition laid the foundation for the tense days on Capitol Hill. Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues over the weekend that it would be a “tensile” week and called on all House Democrats to participate in emergency talks on Monday night.
But in remarks that may provoke further dissatisfaction among progressives, Pelosi admitted on Sunday that it is almost certain that the $3.5 trillion budget plan will be reduced to pass the House of Representatives and Senate. When asked if the final number will be smaller, Pelosi replied: “Yes… it seems self-evident.”
At the same time, the Democratic Party is facing increasing pressure to avoid the shutdown of the federal government. The deadline is midnight on Thursday to increase Debt ceiling This allows the federal government to continue to borrow money.
The House of Representatives passed a bill last week to avoid a government shutdown and extend the U.S. debt ceiling until December next year. But Democrats insist that the bill should pass the Senate with bipartisan support, even if Republican leaders refuse to sign it.
During Donald Trump’s presidency, Republicans voted three times to raise the debt ceiling. However, they now say that Democrats are spending federal funds irresponsibly and should lift the debt ceiling on their own.
The top Republican of the Senate Banking Committee, Pat Toomey, told CNN on Sunday that he “will definitely vote against” this week to fund the government and raise the debt limit, arguing that the market has not been deadlocked by Capitol Hill Impact.
“No disaster will happen… If this is even a serious risk, don’t you think the stock market last week?.. Instead of fully recovering like they did, maybe they will weigh it up?
“I think this is because millions of investors in the United States know that such a disaster will not happen. What will happen is after the Republicans vote against it, [Senate majority leader] Chuck Schumer. .. The budget resolution will be revised so that the Democrats can pass the debt ceiling themselves. “
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