President Biden has demanded that lawmakers come to an agreement on the huge spending bills making their way through the Senate and House before he leaves for a UN climate summit being held in Scotland, and Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) has created a Rules Committee hearing in anticipation of an upcoming vote. Democrats, though, are still fighting on a deal to push their so-called bipartisan infrastructure bill and its cousin the $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” social spending program — and they are beginning to lose their calm.
“There has been nonstop talks: Senators Joe Manchin, W.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, Ariz., both Democrats, were in the White House, along with House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, S.C. The Congressional Black Caucus was also there, where they say they had ‘a complete dialogue’ with Joe Biden,” Fox News said. “And Dem leaders have projected good optimism – Democrat House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Md., said this week that an agreement could come very soon.’”
So far, though, this agreement has failed to show, with House progressives wanting assurances that the larger spending bill will pass the Senate before they accept a “yes” vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Moderate Dems are also demanding a promise that the hard-fought bipartisan bill will succeed in the House before the House accepts a larger spending program.
“It’s the effing progressives,” a moderate Dem said to Fox, suggesting that larger spending and a connected “billionaires tax” plan, pushed by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), among other liberals in Congress were stalling the enactment of the legislation.
Sanders fired back, saying that moderates were stalling “sensible” funding legislation.
“It seems like almost every sensible progressive option that President Biden wants, and that the American people want, seems to be totally sabotaged,” Sanders stated.
Progressives not only want the huge $3.5 trillion spending bill, but they are also demanding both bills get passed on the same day — the bipartisan House bill, then the social spending bill inside the Senate. They don’t want a “framework” that ensures the passage of the bipartisan bill and allows the Senate to keep debating the spending bill after the House agrees to pass the moderate bill.
The Senate, however, cannot pass the spending measure without two crucial Senators — Democrats Joe Manchin (from WV) and Kyrsten Sinema ( fromAZ) — because the bill has no GOP support at all.
Author: Scott Dowdy