House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been considering placing President Biden’s $1. 75 trillion Social Welfare Bill and the $1. Next week, 25 trillion infrastructure package will be up for vote.
Mrs. Pelosi is a California Democrat and wants to hold both votes as soon as Tuesday. As Congress nears the Dec. 31 funding deadline, pressure mounts for Mr. Biden to finish his domestic agenda. 3.
A source close to Democratic leadership said that although no official decision was made, there was an increasing desire to “move ahead.” This feeling is particularly strong since Mr. Biden is representing the U.S.A at a series global conferences.
Mrs. Pelosi highlighted the seriousness of Mr. Biden’s situation earlier this week as he prepares to meet with leaders from major economies around the world 20 and attends U.N. Climate Change summit in Glasgow, Scotland.
” This legislation will help the president achieve his goals, the American goals,” stated the speaker. “When he goes to meetings with the G-20 now and then to meet His Holiness, the pope, and to go to Glasgow, we want him to go as strong as possible.”
It remains to be seen if progressive Democrats will agree.
The 98-member Congressional Progressive Caucus has long said the infrastructure and social welfare bills are linked and will have to pass together. A significant hurdle towards that goal was overcome earlier this week when Mr. Biden agreed to a 1,684-compromise framework on the social welfare bill.
” We have the text, it’s what we need,” said. Rep. Pramila Jayapal is a Washington Democrat and chaires the CPC.
Despite all the rhetoric, there is still a strong distrust among moderates and far-left Democrats which is likely to lead to delays. Although progressives now have the text of the social security bill’s legislative text, it is not the final product.
The bill will likely see many alterations during its legislative journey. This is likely to occur in the Senate, where moderate Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin III from West Virginia and Kyrsten Silena of Arizona control the balance of power.
The reality is that Democrats use budget reconciliation to pass $1. 75 billion social welfare bill. Reconciliation allows some spending and tax measures to avert the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold and pass via a simple majority of 51-votes.
Some on the extreme-left think that allowing reconciliation bills to leave the House without passing the Senate is asking for it be watered down.
” I need a Senate vote. “I need a Senate vote,” Rep. Cori, a Missouri Democrat. “Right now, that’s still where we stand .”
Complicating things is that neither Mr. Manchin, nor Ms. Sinema have voiced support for the $1. 75 trillion compromise framework being promoted by the White House.
At the moment, progressives view the infrastructure bill which Mr. Manchin helped negotiate as their greatest leverage. Progressives will likely block the infrastructure deal until the Senate passes the reconciliation bill.