House Democrats ignore Manchin

Democratic House negotiators say they are about to close a deal President BidenJoe Biden White House reveals strategy for net zero goal by 2050 Southwest investigation report Pilot said ‘Let’s Brandon’ in flight House Rules Committee will not meet Monday on reconciliation package MOREThe economic agenda despite Sen. 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.) throwing a verbal hand grenade into conversations Monday.

Democrats brushed aside concerns expressed by Manchin at a forced press conference that the $ 1.75 trillion package could exacerbate inflation, insisting the move would improve the economy.

They also vowed to go ahead with their strategy to advance both the broader spending bill and a separate bipartisan infrastructure measure through the House, effectively ignoring Manchin’s demand for a quick vote on the latter.

“We intend to pass both bills in the House in the next few days,” said Rep. 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.), The head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told CNN on Monday shortly after Manchin’s press conference.

Negotiators worked through the weekend and into Monday to fix the last stubborn wrinkles in the $ 1.75 trillion plan, conversations that seemed to focus more intensely on a controversial provision to control prescription drug prices.

Jayapal said there are pending divisions on the issues of prescription drug prices, child care benefits and immigration. But he predicted those differences will be resolved in no time, emphasizing that he will rely on Biden’s assurances regarding the Senate vote, even if Manchin refuses to publicly announce his support before the House vote.

“I think the president is talking about the experience he has had of negotiating … with these senators,” he said. “So I trust the president; is going to deliver 51 votes. And I think we just have to lower the temperature a little. “

Other liberals were quick to back calls for immediate votes on both bills.

“Pramila Jayapal is right. Let’s vote on these two bills out of the House this week, ”said Rep. Mondaire jonesMondaire Jones Buffalo’s Race Becomes Early Test for a Divided Democratic Party Overnight Energy and Environment – Presented by American Clean Power – Democrats prepare to question oil executives Merkley, Warren and Markey sound the alarm over the provision of ‘dirty’ hydrogen in the climate agreement MORE (DN.Y.) tweeted.

Rep. Debbie dingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann Dingell What proposals will survive in the Democrats’ spending plan? The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Biden Makes Speech As Tax Questions Rise Democrats See Light at End of Tunnel on Biden’s Agenda MORE (D-Mich.), A close ally of Speaker Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiBiden sparks high-stakes dispute over spending framework Biden expresses confidence that the national agenda will be approved by the end of the week Are ‘Baptists’ or ‘smugglers’ making the decisions in the debate on the EV tax credit ? PLUS (D-Calf.), He also predicted that the negotiations are coming to an end.

“The discussions have lasted all weekend. It will take time to finish that language. And then many members have expressed that they want 72 hours to watch the language, “he said in an interview with MSNBC.

“I am hopeful, I think most are hopeful, that we will be able to do something at the end of the week.”

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer On the money: Progressives stand their ground as Biden rushes to a deal Lack of confidence destroys Democratic efforts to reach a deal Patience wears out as Democrats miss deadlines MORE (D-Md.), Who sets the room’s hours, said Monday night that voting is possible this week.

“We are working on it; we hope to get something more defined today. And if we do, we will move forward,” said Hoyer.

Pelosi offered a similar message about the possibility of organizing the vote before Congress leaves Washington on the weekend for a long Veterans Day recess. “That is our hope,” he said.

The battle comes at a difficult time for Biden, who has seen his poll numbers drop in recent months, and National Democrats, who have been concerned about the erosion of their political fortunes.

Some Democratic lawmakers had lobbied for a House vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill already passed by the Senate, believing doing so could help Biden and give Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe a boost in Virginia.

Liberals have refused to budge in an early vote on infrastructure, preferring to retain that measure as a lever to work on the larger measure of social spending and climate.

They have also rejected the idea that passing the infrastructure bill would make a big difference in Virginia’s career.

“This will not make a difference for McAuliffe,” said Rep. Jimmy GomezJimmy Gomez Lack of Confidence Shatters Democratic Efforts to Compromise Pelosi Puts Rules Meeting on Biden’s Agenda; no infrastructure vote in sight Manchin dampens progressive billionaire tax hopes MORE (D-Calif.). “[The] stiffness in his career is up to him, not the congressional Democrats. ”

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