Democratic leaders want House to vote on Biden’s national agenda by Tuesday | Biden administration
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Democratic leaders are hoping for House votes as early as Tuesday on the two pillars of Joe Biden’s domestic spending program, two Democrats said on Saturday, as the party launched its latest campaign to pass legislation long delayed by Congress.
The top Democrats would like a final compromise between the House and the Senate on Biden’s 10-year social and environmental front, now $ 1.75 billion, drafted by Sunday, Democrats said.
Talks between White House, House and Senate officials took place over the weekend, Democrats said, who described the plans on condition of anonymity.
A deal could pave the way for the House to pass this bill and a separate $ 1 billion measure to fund road, rail and other infrastructure projects, Democrats said.
It is still unclear whether the ambitious timetable can be met. To clear the Senate, any deal will need the support of centrist Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.
The two senators forced Biden to withdraw from his proposed $ 3.5 billion social and environmental bill and to withdraw some initiatives from the measure.
The Republican opposition to the social and environmental bill is unanimous. Democrats hold the House and Senate, but the latter lacks 10 qualified majority votes needed to pass legislation.
They must therefore resort to reconciliation, a process of budgetary measures which allows a simple majority. As the Senate is split 50-50 and controlled by the casting vote of Vice President Kamala Harris, Manchin and Sinema have enormous power.
The Senate approved the infrastructure bill in August in a bipartisan vote. House progressives have since hijacked this bill, in an attempt to pressure moderates to support the broader social and environmental bill.
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