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Democrats look to finalize Biden’s $2 trillion bill

If President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion environmental and social package is a Broadway show, its seven months on the stage of Congress could qualify as a hit. . But the drafting of the legislation shows no business, and many Democrats worry that the curtain will fall soon in 2021, time is not their friend. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to end disagreements within his party and finally squeeze the bill through his chamber before Christmas. Indeed, the holiday deadline is a time-tested way to push lawmakers to resolve disputes so they can go home. And the momentum towards passing Biden’s flagship domestic initiative – the House of Representatives passed the initial version last month – seems to make the outlook strong. The New York senator needed time to find final compromises with opposition party executives, including West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. In addition, the rumination of the calendar will be tedious but important rules sessions for the Senate, plus the drafting of major defense policy bills and expanding the government’s borrowing authority to avoid federal debt default. it can be vulnerable to factors – predictable and unforeseen, economic and political – that could further complicate Schumer’s mission. “You just leave everything here, especially after the Christmas break and into the election year, and that’s toxic,” said Rep. Pramila Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., a leader of the people progressive in her party. They will also need all but three in the House, who will need to pass the bill again with Senate amendments before sending it to Biden. “Everybody knows we can’t just ignore this. We have to do it and we have to do it as quickly as possible,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, adding, “There are different definitions of ‘as quickly as possible’ from others. together. “Democrats are frustrated because each week they fight with each other reduces the amount of time they will have to sell the law’s initiatives to voters. This package includes free preschool, hearing benefits new Medicare and steps to limit climate change, paid for in large part by increasing taxes on the rich and large corporations.” instead of leaving everyone focused on our stare “, Senators Chris Murphy, D-Conn.Manchin, and Senators Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., were forced to cut legislation, which not so long ago had a $3.5 trillion price tag. Mr. Schumer also did not promise to pay attention to the Christmas schedule, and Manchin has not given up on his insistence on scrapping new paid leave and cleaner energy incentives, Manchin said this week of the bill. the main weapon against it, the GOP argues the $2 trillion bill would push prices higher by encouraging a shift to cleaner fuels and pour more cash into an already overheated economy. tight budget to cope with inflation. But the GOP is using the rising costs of gasoline and heating, which many voters encounter every day, to help make their case. Republicans say Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony to Congress that inflation is unlikely to be caused by “transient” causes like the pandemic suggests their argument will have political power. . Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of the Senate leadership, said this week. Manchin cited inflation concerns as a reason to slow the bill’s construction and cut it. it, and he will have no doubt about the government’s next move. measure of consumer prices, due on December 10. His continued insistence on change despite months of negotiations is worrying his colleagues. 2nd Senate Democratic Leader Richard Durbin of Illinois said: “I mean, I said to him a month ago, ‘For God’s sake, Joe, declare victory and close the deal.’ “December 31 expires part of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that Congress passed in March, including a larger tax credit for children and monthly payments to millions of families, which will end unless lawmakers extend it.Congress can Congress legislators still have to resolve other disagreements, including over how to people. deduct more state and local taxes without making the provision a gift to the richest Americans.And other things Congress Elizabeth MacDonough needs time to decide whether to drop any portion. part of the bill because they violate special house rules on budget legislation.A Democratic plan to help millions of immigrants stay in M. The US is in balance and the process is tedious, with a lot of back and forth between Senate aides and MacDonough. “We’ve been talking about this and working on it for months,” said Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn. And so let’s get the job done. ”

If President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion environmental and social package is a Broadway show, its seven months on the stage of Congress could qualify as a hit. . But legislating is not business, and many Democrats worry that with the early closing of the curtain in 2021, time is not their friend.

Every day that passes risks prompting final action in 2022, an election year when control of Congress will be threatened and lawmakers will become ever more wary of voting. difficult.

Democratic Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wanted to end disagreements within his party and finally squeezed the bill through his chamber before Christmas. Indeed, the holiday deadline is a time-tested way to push lawmakers to resolve disputes so they can go home. And the momentum towards passing Biden’s flagship domestic initiative – the House of Representatives passed the first version last month – seems to make the outlook strong.

However, while Schumer and other Democrats have expressed confidence that his target date will be met, some are worried it will not be and are concerned about damaging consequences.

The New York senator needed time to find final compromises with opposition party executives, including West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin. In addition, the re-reading of the calendar will be tedious but important rule sessions for the Senate, plus the drafting of major defense policy bills and expanding the government’s borrowing authority to avoid bankruptcy. federal debt.

The longer it takes to complete the $2 trillion package, the more vulnerable it may be to factors – predictable and unforeseen economic and political – that could further complicate the task. by Schumer.

“You just leave things here, especially after the Christmas break and election year, and that is toxic,” said Representative Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., a leader of her progressive party. .

Faced with unanimous Republican opposition, the Democrats will need all of their votes in the 50–50 Senate. They will also need all but three in the House, who will need to pass the bill again with Senate amendments before sending it to Biden.

“Everybody knows we can’t ignore this. We have to do it and we have to do it as fast as we can,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, adding, “There are different definitions of ‘as quickly as possible’ from other people. “

Democrats are frustrated that each week they fight each other reduces the amount of time they will have to sell the law’s initiatives to voters. The package includes free preschool, a new Medicare hearing benefit and steps to limit climate change, paid in large part by tax increases for the wealthy and large corporations.

“We should get this done so we can start talking to people about what’s in there, instead of having people focus on our navels,” said Senator Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., were forced to cut the law, which not so long ago had a price tag of $3.5 trillion. Neither has promised to heed Schumer’s Christmas timetable, and Manchin has not given up on his insistence on scrapping the new paid family leave program and cleaner energy incentives.

“I have not committed anything, I have not committed anything to anyone, to any human being,” Manchin said this week of the bill.

And the Democrats’ marathon talks on the measure are giving Republicans time to use in the fight with the country’s rising inflation, which shows no sign of going away, as one of the weapons. their main against it. The GOP argues that the $2 trillion bill would push prices higher by encouraging a shift to cleaner fuels and pouring more cash into an already overheated economy.

Democrats say the spending package and tax credits for health services, child care and education will help families with tight budgets cope with inflation. But the GOP is using the rising costs of gasoline and heating, which many voters encounter every day, to help make their case. Republicans say Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s testimony to Congress that inflation is unlikely to be caused by “transient” causes like the pandemic suggests their argument will have political power. .

Senator Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of the Senate GOP leadership team, said this week.

Manchin cited inflation concerns as a reason to slow down the drafting of the bill and cut it, and he will certainly be keeping an eye on the government’s next consumer price measurement, on December 10. His continued insistence on changes despite months of negotiations is worrying colleagues. .

“I mean, God bless Joe Manchin, but how many months is this going to be?” 2nd Senate Democratic Leader Richard Durbin of Illinois said. “I mean, I said to him a month ago, ‘For God’s sake, Joe, declare victory and close the deal.'”

Further impetus for Democrats to finalize legislation this month is the December 31 expiration of portions of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill that Congress passed in March. .

That includes a larger child tax credit and monthly payments of those benefits to millions of families, which will end unless lawmakers extend it. Congress could restore credit retroactively next year, but many lawmakers want to avoid any disruption.

Democrats still have to work out other disagreements, including how to get people to deduct more state and local taxes without making the provision a gift to the richest Americans. And there are other factors that run the clock.

Senator Elizabeth MacDonough needs time to decide whether any sections of the bill should be dropped because they violate special house rules about budget law. A Democratic plan to help millions of immigrants stay in the US is in the balance and the process is tedious, with lots of back and forth between Senate aides and MacDonough.

Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn, said: “We’ve been talking about this and working on it for months.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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