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Joe Biden’s ambitious domestic agenda faces a major test this week as opposition factions in his party clashed over how to pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a larger $3.5 trillion spending plan.
Because the government is in chaos Afghanistan, The House of Representatives ended the summer recess early to consider the president’s spending plans, including a trillion-dollar budget.
Democratic congressional leaders and the White House are trying to pass huge budgets and $1 trillion in bipartisan support Infrastructure package At the same time satisfy the party’s progressives and moderates. However, this strategy exposes sharp differences between the Democrats-and increases the possibility that neither the budget nor the infrastructure bill will be passed.
The Senate passed an infrastructure package this month, which will provide hundreds of billions of dollars to upgrade America’s shaky transportation system in a rare bipartisan vote. 19 Republicans voted together with all 50 Senate Democrats.
But it needs to pass the House of Representatives and the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said she intends to consider budget proposals before turning to infrastructure.
Unlike the infrastructure bill, the budget plan is promoted through a process called reconciliation, which allows Senate Democrats to bypass the 60-vote blocking bill and act alone without Republican support.
Earlier this month, the Senate passed the budget, which contains many of Biden’s highest pledges for the 2020 campaign, including expanding health insurance and additional funding to combat climate change.
Moderate Democrats Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema voted in favor of the resolution, but said they would not sign a final proposal with such a high price tag.
Pelosi tried to prioritize budget decisions to satisfy progressives like Alexander Ocasio-Cortez, who said the infrastructure package was not deep enough and wanted to ensure that the $3.5 trillion budget plan would not Significantly reduced.
But in recent days, at least nine moderate members of the House of Representatives have expressed concerns about budget costs and insisted that they should vote on the infrastructure bill first. Legislators including Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey and Jared Golden of Maine have stated that if they do not proceed in their own way, they will not Vote for the budget resolution. Given that Democrats control the House of Representatives by only 8 votes, their threats are important-and Republicans are unlikely to sign the budget plan.
“We now have votes to pass this legislation, which is why I think we should first vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package, send it to the president’s desk, and then quickly consider the budget resolution I plan to support,” Gottheimer Said on Saturday morning. “We need to get people to work and shovel land.”
Golden wrote on Twitter: “The time to build better roads, bridges and broadband is not after months of infighting in Washington: now is now.”
A progressive man in the House of Representatives, Rokana, urged his fellow legislators on Sunday not to block the vote: “Voting against the Biden agenda this week is not only a slap in the face of the president, it will also hinder any chance of passing the agenda. Define us. It’s the policy of the Democrats.”
Pelosi appeared to offer a solution last week, requiring legislators to enact a rule while advancing two legislations, and later stated that the rule could also be linked to voting rights legislation. The plan was supported by the White House.
“The House of Representatives will continue to develop a rule that allows us to advance budget resolutions, bipartisan infrastructure bills and HR4 [on voting rights] So that we can make progress towards the bold vision shared by the Democrats,” Pelosi said in a letter to lawmakers on Thursday after meeting with Biden.
On Saturday night, Pelosi wrote to his colleagues, promising to pass the two bills before October 1.
Pelosi added: “Any delay in passing the budget resolution threatens the timetable for achieving historic progress and the vision of change shared by the Democratic Party.”
But as of Friday, none of the Democrats’ moderate members of the House of Representatives who had raised concerns said they were satisfied with Pelosi’s solution, which increased the possibility of a standoff this week.