Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) on Wednesday shrugged off the idea that he could strike a deal with progressives on the broad strokes of a social spending package by tomorrow, though House leaders are indicating they are yet to Also planning to hold a vote. Separate “core” infrastructure bill.
When asked whether he and progressive lawmakers – who want to spend at least $3.5 trillion on health care, childcare and other social services – Manchin laughed and repeatedly said “no, that’s not possible” – by vote Can agree on a framework first.
Prominent liberal senators, whose vote is crucial to passing the spending package in the Senate without Republicans, complained of their slow pace in articulating their demands, predicting defiance of progressives, telling Businesshala, “I didn’t know I was on their timetable.”
Munchkin’s remarks came in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosic saying Earlier in the day she wanted a deal on the social spending bill’s “legislative language” ahead of the infrastructure vote.
Pelosi said she had a “right” to delay Thursday’s vote, but declined to say whether she would, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said. Businesshala, “I hope to vote tomorrow.”
At least eight House Republicans have said they plan to vote for a bipartisan infrastructure bill on Thursday, if it comes to the vote, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy acknowledging that “some Republicans will who will vote for it.”
Then the question will be whether GOP support of the bill is enough to shun progressive opposition — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) are urging their progressive allies to sink the bill. Huh.
Potentially complicating matters for Democrats is the need to suspend debt limits until October to prevent a potentially catastrophic default on US loans. House Republicans have vowed to accept any standalone debt ceiling measure and called on Democrats to add it to the social spending bill, which has been accepted by some House Democrats. Businesshala Maybe that’s what happens. “I think that’s the only vehicle that’s out there,” Representative Ami Bera (D-Calif.) said.
Congress Progressive Caucus president Jaipal said, “He needs to come up with a resolution to himself and then we sit down and talk from there.” told NBC News Munchkin and fellow liberal Sen. Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.), underscore the progressive frustration with their reluctance to give a proposed topline number for the social spending bill.