House Democrats scramble late into the night to win support for Biden’s economic plans

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  • President Joe Biden’s economic plans ran into further resistance in the House on Friday as Democrats scrambled to build enough support for both bills.
  • The chamber on Friday attempted to pass both a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a larger social safety net and climate plan, but the packages were derailed.
  • A handful of centrists said they would not roll back the social spending package until they saw the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate of budgetary impacts, while progressives wanted both bills to be passed at the same time.
  • The House begins voting on the infrastructure plan passed by the Senate just before 11 p.m. ET.

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Update: The House passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill late Friday. read more Here.

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President Joe Biden’s economic plans ran into more resistance in the House on Friday as Democrats scrambled to garner enough support to pass the core of the party’s agenda.

After a day of wrangling between the party’s progressive and centrist planks, a possible breakthrough emerged that could allow the party to go ahead with late-night votes. But the fate of the plans was still up in the air as the clock ticked toward Saturday and lawmakers began voting on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill just before 11 a.m. ET. The measure received enough votes, including Republicans, to pass just before 11:20 p.m. ET.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi may just three Democratic defectors as she next tries to pass the $1.75 trillion social safety net and climate plan.

Centrist Democrats sought to see the Congressional Budget Office estimate how the safety-net plan would affect the federal deficit before they vote for it. When Democratic leaders attempted to pass the infrastructure-only bill and hold a procedural vote on the social spending bill, a group of progressives opposed the maneuver.

The House was recessed late Friday as Democratic leaders tried to resolve the impasse and move forward with bills they see as a lifeline for American families and a key to their electoral fortunes in next year’s midterm elections. lets see. After hours of negotiations to break the impasse – and incitement from Biden himself – a possible deal to break the deadlock emerged. Progressives may vote to pass the infrastructure plan, while centrists may support a procedural vote – or a rule – related to the larger Build Back Better Spending plan.

“Tonight, Progressive Caucus members and our allies in the Democratic caucus reached an agreement to advance both pieces of President Biden’s legislative agenda,” Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash said in a statement. “Our partners have committed to vote for the transformative Build Back Better Act, as it is currently written, no later than the week of November 15.”

She continued: “All of our allies have also committed to vote tonight on the rule to advance the Build Back Better Act to codify this promise. The President has confirmed that these members made the same commitment to them.” Is.”

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The centrist holdouts issued a statement separately to vote for the social spending package.

“We are committed to voting for the Build Back Better Act, in addition to technical changes in its current form, as soon as we receive financial information from the Congressional Budget Office – but in any event after the week of November 15. No,” said Democratic Reps. Ed Case of Hawaii, Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey, Stephanie Murphy of Florida, Kathleen Rice of New York and Kurt Schrader of Oregon.

Lawmakers said if the CBO assessment differs from other estimates released this week, they are “committed to working to resolve any discrepancies” in order for the bill to pass. The nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation and the White House both issued forecasts Thursday that the plan would not add to the long-term deficit. It may take weeks for the CBO to issue cost estimates.

The potential reassurances did not appear to assuage some progressives, before the centrists issued statements. According to NBC News, lawmakers including Reps. Cory Bush, D-Mo. and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.N.Y., said they would vote against the infrastructure bill.

The delay marked only the latest blow for Democratic leaders as they try to push an ambitious agenda through Congress with a very small majority. Pelosi could lose only three votes in the House, while Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would have to put each member of the Democratic caucus on board in a chamber divided 50-50 by party.

Pelosi has introduced both bills together to ensure that they pass. The infrastructure bill passed by the Senate will go to Biden for his signature after the House approves. The social spending package will go to the Senate once it is passed, and could go back to the House if the Senate approves a different version of it.

Amid setbacks on Friday, Biden pressured his party to pass packages that are core to his domestic agenda and could serve as a top selling point for Democrats as they head into their congressional midterms next year. Trying to protect the majority.

“I’m asking every member of the House … to vote yes on both of these bills right now. Send the infrastructure bill to my desk. Send the Build Back Better bill to the Senate,” he said earlier on Friday.

Biden spent much of the day working on the phone, talking to reluctant House Democrats, and keeping in close contact with Pelosi. He called a meeting of the Progressive Caucus.

After failed talks on Capitol Hill Friday afternoon, White House Chief Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden “will continue to work on the phone,” and is “in lock step with Speaker Pelosi to get it done.” Will stay.”

“There is a sense of urgency, as you hear us, to all members of Hill, to all, to all members, to do this for the American people,” Jean-Pierre told reporters at the White House. “Inaction is not the answer. So, that’s what we’re going to try to accomplish.”

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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