US House set to vote on Biden’s massive spending

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Democratic leaders announced that the US House would vote on President Joe Biden’s $ 3 trillion plan to transform transportation networks and expand the social safety net on Friday.

House Democratic leaders were hoping for a procedural vote on Biden’s $ 1.75 trillion social spending plan Build Back Better and approval of the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure package passed by the Senate on Thursday , but notable differences between lawmakers on the details forced a delay.

“This Build Back Better program, as well as the bipartisan infrastructure bill, as we have said, is transformational, and it’s historic, and it’s important to get there,” the press told reporters. spokesperson for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre.

“And so the president is going to continue to work with members of Congress to make this happen.”

A House green light on infrastructure would pave the way for a historic upgrade to the country’s crumbling roads, bridges, waterways and broadband network.

However, the social spending program does not have Senate blessing and is on its way to becoming law.

Lower house rushing through larger bill after months of infighting delays is largely a pressure tactic to start a fire under Senators in the hope that a bill will pass by the House urges them to act in the coming month.

This push leaves House lawmakers with the prospect of the bill being sent back to them by the Upper House with significant changes, while infrastructure legislation simply needs the support of the majority in the House to pass. at Biden’s office.

“Too far to the left”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters earlier today that she was “very upset” that she failed twice in recent weeks to pass the infrastructure bill and was determined to so that the two bills can move quickly.

Events on Capitol Hill were closely watched by the president, who spent the evening phoning members to ask for yes votes on the two bills, congressional media reported.

Biden returned from an overseas trip on Wednesday to a party hit by a Republican sweep in the Virginia election and a very slim victory instead of the expected landslide in the New Jersey gubernatorial race.

Democrats are desperate to avoid repeating those kinds of setbacks in next year’s midterm elections, although many observers are not convinced the coming bloodshed can be avoided by any action in Congress.

Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy predicted Republicans, who have 213 representatives versus Democrats 221, could overthrow more than 60 House seats next year, repeating the Tea Party wave of 2010 .

Either way, Tuesday’s poor performance leaves Democrats with a dilemma: Is Biden’s agenda too progressive for the political center, or is it so watered down from his ambitious prototype that it doesn’t will not excite the left?

The responses offered by the various factions tend to match their established political positions, with the Conservatives calling for a handbrake on social spending and the Liberals redoubling their efforts to pass both bills.

Senate refractor Joe Manchin is influenced by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, which estimates the $ 1.75 trillion Build Back Better price tag would rise to nearly $ 4 trillion if its provisions became permanent.

“We cannot go too far to the left. This is not a center-left or a left-wing country,” the conservative Democrat from West Virginia told CNN Thursday, who made it clear he would not let himself be influence by whatever the House adopts.

“Pour gasoline on inflation”

In fact, Build Back Better does very good polls across America, which has only given a popular vote to a Republican president once since the 1980s.

A report released Thursday by Moody’s concludes that the two bills would create 1.5 million jobs per year and increase the economy by nearly $ 3 trillion over the next decade.

Echoing Manchin’s caution, five House moderates had insisted on a budget score to ensure the bill is “fiscally responsible” before voting, which would likely take two weeks.

Perhaps the biggest sticking point is immigration, with three Latino lawmakers opposed to any version of Build Back Better that fails to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

But Pelosi prides herself on never bringing votes that she doesn’t already know have enough support to pass – suggesting grassroots lawmakers have been appeased.

Republicans have largely gone out of place in negotiations by ruling out support for any welfare spending bill from day one, instead taking advantage of the Democratic circular firing squad on the sidelines.

But Lindsey Graham, the senior Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, gathered reporters Thursday to present his characterization of Build Back Better as a “fraud that will spill gasoline on inflation.”

(AFP)

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