Democrats face a monster collision in December

Democrats are setting a huge cliff in December by setting several key deadlines for the end of the year.

The party needs to fund the government to avoid a shutdown before December 3, and it also faces another debt ceiling crisis that could hit as early as mid-December, according to an analysis published late last week.

Democrats also got more time to finish a bipartisan infrastructure bill and “Rebuild Better” legislation by passing a second, short-term interim highway financing measure that will also expire Dec. 3.

“Here we go again,” rep. Peter defazioPeter Anthony DeFazioBiden Signs Highway Financing Extension House Extends Highway Financing through Dec. 3 amid delayed design-build contracts in infrastructure vote, key to infrastructure success MORE (D-Ore.) He said about the decision to kick the can, joking that December 3 “will be a momentous day around here.”

Progressives believe the House could be ready to vote on the $ 1.75 trillion spending package, the framework of which the White House released late last week, and the infrastructure bill as soon as this week. Although the infrastructure bill was approved by the Senate in August, it has been stuck in limbo in the House for months because progressives have linked the two bills.

“I think, you know, the fact that we have the text is huge, and we are in conversation with the two senators, so I feel positive,” the Congressional Progressive Caucus said. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalBiden sparks high-stakes dispute over spending framework Officials and lawmakers express optimism that infrastructure and voting spending are near Infrastructure setback frustrates Democrats approaching spending victory MORE (D-Wash.).

But the Democratic leadership has not yet indicated how it will juggle competing priorities and Congress is notoriously bad at multitasking important bills.

A series of sticking points in the $ 1.75 trillion package could make it difficult to move quickly. These troublesome issues include blocking the way the bill is paid and whether or not paid licenses and prescription drug negotiations will be added. Senate Democrats also need a decision from the MP on their latest immigration proposal.

The House Democratic leadership expects to approve both this week, although a Rules Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, which would have allowed for floor votes as early as Tuesday, has been delayed as negotiations continued through the weekend.

Progressives have also pushed strong commitments from Sens. Joe manchinJoe Manchin White House Unveils Strategy for 2050 Net Zero Goal Biden Triggers High-Risk Fight Over Spending Framework Buttigieg Twins Dress Up as ‘Twin Infrastructure’ for Halloween MORE (DW.Va.) and Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Something that until now they have refused to give.

“As we work on the text of the legislation, I hope that we will all continue to act in good faith and do the right thing for the future of the American people,” Manchin said last week.

Spokesmen for Sinema raised questions about the way forward to the White House, though Jayapal, during an interview with CNN on Friday, said he believed the moderate Democrat was “operating in good faith.”

Senate Democrats have been skeptical that they will be able to move the spending deal at lightning speed.

The Senate rules for the arcane budget process, known as reconciliation, that Democrats are using to pass the package without the support of the Republican Party requires an intense floor marathon. And Democratic senators are signaling they wait a long process to finish the bill.

“That writing has to see the light of day for some time because there will be challenges and you have to get a score and the score will be a challenge,” Sen said. Ben cardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis Cardin Patience wears out as Democrats miss deadlines Crucial conversations about Biden’s agenda enter the home stretch Time to make access to quality kidney care accessible and equitable for all MORE (D-Md.). “It’s going to take some time.”

Its. Tim kaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineBiden sparks high-stakes fight over spending framework Manchin says he will support .75T price tag for spending plan Patience wears out as Democrats miss deadlines MORE (D-Va.) He said he hoped the Senate could pass the social spending package before they leave for a week-long Thanksgiving break, which is expected to start on November 22.

“I think the Senate will work to convert the language of this bill or negotiate the final details, put it in the language of the bill and then try to get this passed before Thanksgiving,” Kaine said.

But allowing the social spending bill to slide until the end of November would also put it against government funding and debt struggles.

Lawmakers need to find out how and for how long they will fund the government after December 3.

While the House passed 10 of the 12 government funding bills for fiscal year 2022, the Senate did not pass any and only three have been taken up for commission.

Leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committee are expected to sit down this week to try to assess where the funding bills are for the year and try to figure out what could break the deadlock on the way to continue.

Its. Richard ShelbyRichard Craig Shelby Black Hawk pilot downed in Somalia launches race for Alabama Senate Senate Democrats abandon Hyde amendment for first time in decades Senate Democrats introduce remaining spending bills, which generates a confrontation with the Republicans MORE (R-Ala.), The top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, described the upcoming powwow as preliminary.

“Before they get into numbers, they have a lot of poison pills,” Shelby said of the Democrats.

That makes it more likely that Congress will need to use another rolling resolution (CR) to keep the government funding likely until early 2022, though the leadership has yet to reveal its hand.

Democrats have not explained how they plan to tackle the looming debt chasm, and because Congress tied the debt increase to a number, not a specific day, they are expected to have some flexibility at the time.

Most likely, the United States will not pay its debt sometime between mid-December and mid-February without additional congressional action on the debt cap, according to a projection released Friday by the Center for Bipartisan Policy (BPC). .

But BPC also said that date could come earlier if Congress passes the bipartisan infrastructure bill because it transfers funds from the Treasury Department’s general fund to the highway trust fund.

Pelosi recently said that one option to raise the debt ceiling could be reconciliation, something Democrats have been reluctant to do because it forces them to raise it to a specific number on their own and would set up two painful debates in the Senate.

When asked about the debt ceiling, Sen. Dick durbinDick DurbinBiden sparks high-stakes fight over Manchin spending framework, Sinema put stamp on party, to progressive chagrin, Manchin notes he will support .75T price tag for MORE spending plan (D-Ill.) He told CNN that it was too early to worry about that, for now, because it was a “December problem.”

“We are facing November issues at the moment,” he added.



Reference-thehill.com

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