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Nancy Pelosi was determined to go ahead with a make-or-break vote on Joe Biden’s $ 1.2tn bilateral infrastructure bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, even as progressive lawmakers threatened to sink a major part of the president’s legal program.
“We are moving forward in a very positive way to bring the bill. . . That’s the way to win, “Pelosi, the House Democratic Speaker, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning after days of critical discussions with members of the White House and Congress.
Biden has won his presidency on two laws: the Bilateral Infrastructure Bill and the সামাজিক 3.5tn investment in the U.S. Social Security Net, which Republicans vehemently oppose, and a strategy known as reconciliation that must pass the Senate with only a Democrat vote.
The Democratic Party has retained the larger bill, with two Democratic senators on the right, Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Kirsten from Arizona opposing the movie.
On Thursday, Manchin revealed that he had told Democratic leaders that he could not guarantee his support for a reconciliation bill larger than $ 1.5tn – much lower than Biden expected.
The cinema office said in a statement Thursday that the senator was concerned about the size of the spending bill and shared his “priorities, concerns and ideas” with the White House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. He said he was still engaged in discussions to “find a common ground” for the law.
Progressive Democrats in the House told Pelosi that they would not vote for a bilateral infrastructure package without clarity on a second, larger spending bill.
After a meeting with the speaker on Thursday afternoon, House Progressive Caucus chairperson Pramila Jaipal told reporters that the progressives were “in the same place”, adding: “We will not be able to vote for the infrastructure bill until the reconciliation bill is passed.”
“The way the president sees it, it’s an ongoing debate, an ongoing debate,” said White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie.
“Right now, we’re definitely in it,” he added. “We are taking hours now. . . This is the highest priority of the President. ”
Pelosi, a longtime MLA who has a track record of winning in tough negotiations, has repeatedly said he will not vote until he is confident he will win. Yet despite the speaker’s optimistic tone on Thursday, many in Capitol Hill doubted he would be able to get the infrastructure package on line this week.
Asked by reporters if he was sure the infrastructure bill would pass on Thursday, Stanny Where, Pelosi’s No. 2, said: “No.”
Progressives were in tears late Wednesday night after Manchin issued a lengthy statement saying he could not support the ব্য 3.5 trillion in additional spending. “At one point, we all need to ask the simple question – how much is enough?” The senator asked.
Manchin has proven to be a thorn in the side of the White House and has many members of his own party in the Senate, which is 50-50 divided between Democrats and Republicans. Vice-President Kamala Harris can vote tiebreaking, but any Democratic senator can tripod on a mathematical power bill.
Yet Pelosi insisted Thursday that a reconciliation bill would eventually be signed into law, calling the proposed massive social investment “the end of my service to Congress.”
The mad dash for rescuing Biden’s domestic agenda comes when lawmakers try to avoid a government shutdown and face potential U.S. debt defaulters if lawmakers fail to raise the federal arrow limit.
On Thursday, both the House and the Senate passed a “continuing resolution” to finance the government for two more months and avoid a shutdown before the 12:01 deadline on Friday.
But the debt ceiling issue remains unresolved, with Republicans refusing to sign to raise the borrowing limit, and Democrats insisting they don’t have enough time to measure without opposition support.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned earlier this week that the government risked running out of money by October 18 – a result that she warned would be “catastrophic” and lead to a financial crisis. On Thursday, Yellen told lawmakers he would support a complete removal of the debt limit.
Additional report by Colby Smith in New York