The House of Representatives postpones huge social bills, plans to vote on infrastructure
As the infighting between progressives and moderates once again deviated from the pillars of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda, the top Democrats abruptly postponed on Friday the expected House of Representatives’ 10-year, $1.85 trillion social settlement Voting for environmental measures.
In order to bring him the necessary victory, the leader is still ready to try to send the supporting $1 trillion highway and other infrastructure projects through the conference hall and to his desk. But even this popular bill, which is expected to create jobs in every state, has its fate in question.
Progressives threatened to vote against it and continue to demand that the two bills be voted together to force moderates to support larger and broader social measures. Since the Democrats could only lose three votes and win in the divided House of Representatives, California Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would move on anyway and said she had a “very good feeling” for support.
Pelosi has refused to vote on bills for years, unless she is almost certain that they will pass to avoid embarrassing failure.
These messy plans have cast a new shadow on a party that has been trying to use its control of the White House and Congress for weeks by advancing its priority tasks. This is difficult, partly because of the weak majority of the Democratic Party, which has forced the House of Representatives leaders to miss several self-set voting deadlines due to unresolved internal differences.
“Welcome to my world,” Pelosi told reporters.
Democratic leaders had hoped to see the House of Representatives approve these two measures on Friday, in order to win a double victory for the president and the party that are eager to rebound from this week’s sluggish year-end elections and show that they can govern. The party’s candidate for governor was defeated in Virginia and defeated in two bluer states, New Jersey.
However, after several hours of talks, the six moderates insisted that unless the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office first provided a cost estimate for the measure, they would vote against the huge health, education, family, and climate change plans. It fell through.
Democratic leaders have said that this will take a few days or more. Due to Friday’s postponement and lawmakers planning to leave town for a week off, this may mean that budget estimates will be ready when the vote is held.
Pelosi readjusted the party’s timetable to finally pass a $1.85 trillion measure to reflect political reality. He said that once the CBO data is provided, “we will prepare a Thanksgiving gift for the American people.”
In a letter to her colleagues announcing the new voting schedule, she wrote: “The agenda we are pushing forward is transformative and historic, so it is challenging.”
With the support of both parties, including the support of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), infrastructure measures passed the Senate easily in August. The package will provide each state with huge amounts of funds for highways, railroads, public transportation, broadband, airports, drinking water and wastewater, power grids, ports and other projects.
But it has become a pawn in the long-term struggle for influence between the progressive and moderate Democratic parties. Progressives say that they will support infrastructure legislation only if the two measures are voted together.
Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapar, who leads the 95-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, resumed time contact on Friday, saying that the White House and Congress’s joint nonpartisan taxation committee has provided all the financial information needed for the broad bill. Legislators.
“If our six colleagues still want to wait for the CBO score, we will agree to give them that time-after that we can vote on the two bills together,” she wrote. This strongly suggests that at least some progressives will vote against the infrastructure bill on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, Biden said in a meeting with reporters to promote the strong monthly employment report that he would return to the Oval Office and “call the lawmakers.” He said he would ask them to “vote for these two bills immediately.”
The passage of Biden’s larger measures by the House of Representatives will send it to the Senate, where it will face certain changes and more Democratic drama. This is mainly because Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona requested to control the cost of this measure and to contain or abandon some of its measures.
But the House of Representatives approved smaller bipartisan infrastructure measures to be sent directly to the White House, where Biden is sure to win.
Pelosi met with Hispanic lawmakers on Thursday night, hoping to take greater measures to help immigrants stay in the United States as much as possible, but their prospects for bold action are restricted by strict regulations of the Senate. DN.Y. Representative Adriano Espaillat (Adriano Espaillat) said on Friday that they have discussed this issue in other bills and see Pelosi as an ally.
Pelosi’s strategy seems to focus on passing the strongest social and climate bill in her House of Representatives, and then letting the Senate adjust or delete parts that its members would not agree to. In subsequent adjustments to the bill to determine votes, the House Rules Committee approved amendments to state and local tax relief and other issues.
The bill is half of Biden’s original $3.5 trillion package, over 2,100 pages, and supports progressive lawmakers, even though it is smaller than they wanted.
Republicans opposed the measure as too expensive and harmful to the economy.
The package will help a large number of Americans to pay for medical care, raising children and caring for the elderly at home. The cost of prescription drugs will be reduced because for the first time medical insurance can negotiate lower prices for certain drugs with pharmaceutical companies, a priority that the Democratic Party has long sought.
The package will provide approximately US$555 billion in tax relief to encourage clean energy and electric vehicles. The Democratic Party has added key provisions in recent days and restored a new paid family visit program and immigration work permits.
Most of the cost of the package will be paid by higher taxes on wealthier Americans and large companies.
Manchin questioned the new family leave plan, which is expected to provide 4 weeks of paid leave, less than the 12 weeks originally envisaged.
The senator may also cancel the newly added immigration clause, which will allow the country’s 7 million immigrants without legal status to apply for up to two five-year work permits.