House Democrats aim to vote on the infrastructure and social spending bill on Tuesday after a week of heated negotiations between the party’s warring factions.
“We will pass these two bills that you have heard about. We will adopt them. The vote has been called for Tuesday. We will take this vote, and we will adopt them,” he added. House Majority Whip James Clyburn, DS.C., said over the weekend.
The new push to pass the bills comes after President Biden’s visit to Capitol Hill last week failed to result in a vote on Thursday, with Progressive Democrats refusing to back the infrastructure bill passed by the government. Senate until they can negotiate the details of Biden’s social spending plan.
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But some Democrats have expressed optimism that the two sides could be close to reaching a deal on the roughly $ 1.75 trillion package.
“This bill is still literally in the works today. It will be tomorrow. I think we are making progress to make it even stronger than it is,” said Senator Bernie Sanders , I-Vt., On a Sunday. appearance on CNN.
But Democrats could face more obstacles in their own party in the Senate, Senator Joe Manchin, D-WVa., Targeting the progressive wing of the party for trying to get his vote on the spending plan before d ” adopt the infrastructure agreement.
“In all my years of public service, I have never seen anything like it,” Manchin said in a statement on Monday. The President of the United States has twice addressed the House Democratic caucus to urge action on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Last week, the President stressed the importance of voting and pass the bill before the president takes the world stage overseas. And still no action. “
“Political games must stop,” he continued. “Twice now the House has balked at the advisability of sending bipartisan infrastructure legislation to the president. As you have heard, some House Democrats say they cannot support this infrastructure package. until they get my pledge on reconciliation It’s time to vote for or against the bipartisan infrastructure bill and go home to explain your decision.
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Manchin has filed various objections to the social spending bill, including that it could “irresponsibly” expand social programs and add “nearly $ 29 trillion to the national debt.” The West Virginia Democrat also expressed hesitation over whether the bill could hurt “American families suffering from historic inflation.”