House Democrats Advance $4.7 TRILLION Biden Agenda Setting Up Senate Showdown
Washington D.C. – Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have advanced $4.7 trillion in domestic spending initiatives proposed by President Joe Biden.
In a party line vote on Tuesday, House Democrats deployed a rarely used procedure tool known as “deem and pass” to approve a $3.5 trillion budget framework in a deal that also advances the Senate’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure package.
Speaker Pelosi negotiated late into the evening on Monday with a group of so-called moderate Democrats who demanded a vote on the Senate’s infrastructure plan before taking up the massive budget bill.
In a deal struck on Tuesday, Speaker Pelosi promised the group of concerned Democrats she would bring the Senate’s infrastructure bill up for a vote by September 27 in exchange for their votes to “deem and pass” the budget bill.
Pelosi has repeatedly stated she will not bring the Senate’s infrastructure bill to the House floor for a vote until the Senate also approves a $3.5 trillion budget bill via reconciliation — which only requires 51 votes to pass.
While the House’s budget bill is not expected to be unveiled until September, today’s developments now set the stage for a showdown in the United States Senate where Democrats hold the slimmest of majorities.
All 50 Republican senators are expected to vote against the giant “Build Back Better” wish list, leaving Democrats needing to hold its entire caucus together in order for Vice President Kamala Harris to cast the deciding vote.
Watch To Watch For
Two Democratic senators will likely determine the fate of the $3.5 trillion budget bill.
Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have each expressed reservations about such a gigantic spending package at a time America is facing a runaway inflation crisis.
If Sinema and Manchin balk on the trillions of dollars in new spending, it could also put the Senate’s infrastructure bill in jeopardy, given that Speaker Pelosi remains adamant the House will not move on the infrastructure plan until the Senate approves the budget bill.
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