Senate aims to pass Biden’s social spending plan before Christmas, Schumer says

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  • Senate Democrats want to pass President Joe Biden’s social spending plan before Christmas, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said.
  • The House is trying to approve the Build Back Better law this week.
  • Schumer must overcome several hurdles for the plan to be approved, including persuading conservative Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin to vote.

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Senate Democrats hoping to pass President Joe Biden’s social safety net and climate plan before Christmas and finalize their agenda before next year’s midterm election could hamper progress.

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The House aims to approve a $1.75 trillion economic package later this week. The Senate plans to adopt the law after returning from the Thanksgiving holiday.

“NS [Build Back Better Act] Very important to America, we believe it is very popular among Americans, we aim to make it pass before Christmas.”

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Democrats will have to overcome a number of hurdles to pass a bill — with the $1 trillion infrastructure package that Biden signed into law on Monday — as their key to trying to defend their majority in Congress next year. see as. With the Build Back Better Act, the party is expected to advance a range of federal benefits, including child-care assistance, a one-year extension of the child tax credit, Universal Pre-K, and expanded Medicare and Medicaid.

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The challenges start this week. House Democrats need to win over a handful of centrist holdouts who want to see the Congressional Budget Office’s long-term budget estimate for the bill before they agree to vote for it.

The CBO is expected to deliver its scores on Friday. The timeline sets the House vote until Saturday.

Getting the plan through the Senate could prove difficult. Democrats cannot tolerate any defection from their 50-member caucus as they try to pass the bill by a simple majority through special budget rules.

Conservative Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, DWV, has indicated he will attempt to strike four weeks of paid leave from the House package. He has also expressed concern about going ahead with the bill as inflation remains at extremely high levels.

Manchin said the upcoming CBO score could affect his vote.

“So to be fair to everyone, let’s see what the score is, let’s see what they really intend to do,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

Schumer may have to alter the House plan to keep his entire caucus on board and pass the bill. If there is a change in the Senate, the proposal will have to go back to the House for a second vote.

Democrats don’t want to see this process slipping away too much next year. Substantial laws often stall during election years.

The party has billed its plan as one of the most important pieces of legislation over the years, even after Munchkin’s attempts to halve its price tag. As well as expanding the social security net, it will provide a range of tax credits and incentives to accelerate the country’s transition to green energy and transportation.

Republicans – and Democratic Manchins – have raised concerns that the plan will drive up higher prices for consumers.

Beyond trying to pass two planks of their agenda, Democrats have tried to find the best way to tell Americans how the policies will benefit them. Biden on Tuesday traveled to New Hampshire, a swing state that will help decide control of the Senate next year, to sell a bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Schumer expects Biden to make similar trips if Congress can pass the big safety-net bill.

Biden “will go across the country talking about it, as will all of our senators and congressmen, and I think it will prove very beneficial to the people who voted for it,” he said.

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