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House and Senate leaders currently set an October deadline for completing two major spending bills in Congress, once again starting the clock on a process top Democrats have repeatedly delayed divisions within their party. been forced to do.

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said during a press conference on Sunday that he wants to complete both a $1.2 trillion bill focused on core infrastructure and a larger budget reconciliation bill focused on social spending “in the next month,” Office as per the partial transcript provided by him.

Schumer called the two packages “some of the most important legislation to help working families” since former President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, and said they “take a while” to complete, with Congress waiting to pass both. For “on track”.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats on Saturday that the remarks should be “well before the surface transportation funding bill” a vote on the infrastructure bill. Passed Last week by Congress expires on October 31.

The implication in Pelosi’s letter is that the reconciliation bill will be completed by then, given progressive demands that the package be passed before the infrastructure bill and Pelosi’s reluctance to hold a vote on bills that have the vote to succeed. are not.

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Pelosi reached an agreement in August with a group of its most liberal members to vote on the infrastructure bill on September 27. When it became clear that Progressives would stand firm on their commitment to oppose the infrastructure bill without first reconciliation, the vote was shifted. Thursday, then Friday and finally postponed indefinitely.

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$3.5 trillion. This solution is the proposed size of the bill, but it probably won’t be the final price tag. President Joe Biden told House Democrats on Friday he expects the size to be closer to $2 trillion, and top Democrats in Congress, progressive leaders and the White House said in Sunday Show interviews that the final price tag is likely to be in agreement with moderates. Will happen.

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Moderate Republicans raided Biden and Pelosi for delaying the vote and linking the two packages by Biden. Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.), formerly a strong supporter of the infrastructure bill, said Friday that he is now undecided and that several other Republicans who had planned to vote for the bill are “complete.” Flipped to ‘No’.”