Spokesman Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiDefense & National Security Overnight – Showdown Over Sub-Deal Escalates House Democrats Ignoring Manchin Manchin Frustrates Democrats With Latest Outburst MORE (D-Calif.) He said Tuesday after meeting with Democrats that the handful of outstanding issues hampering President Biden’s gigantic social and climate spending package “could be resolved at the end of the day.”
“I am not announcing a vote,” he told reporters as he left the meeting, “but I said this could be resolved at the end of the day.”
The Spokesperson’s prediction was more optimistic than many of her rank-and-file members, who for weeks have seen deadlines come and go on two key pillars of Biden’s national agenda: the Build Back Better package and the bipartisan infrastructure package. .
“I can sit here and I can lie to you, but the real answer is there was no clarity,” a House Democrat grumbled as he left the caucus meeting.
Pelosi and her leadership team have been trying to project optimism about the $ 1.75 trillion package, even as Biden and the party have struggled for weeks to reach an agreement on the social spending plan to help families, students , workers and the elderly.
At the closed-door meeting, Pelosi informed members that she hopes the remaining unresolved issues will be fixed on Tuesday and that the Rules Committee will be able to mark the Build Back Better legislative text as of Wednesday. That would set up a floor vote on infrastructure and reconciliation packages by the end of the week.
“I wish, [the negotiators] it will end tonight. I’m being optimistic, ”said Rep. Debbie dingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellHouse Democrats Ignore Manchin Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Delta – Electric Plane Makes Record Flight Which Proposals Will Survive in Democrats’ Spending Plan? PLUS (D-Mich.), Member of the Pelosi leadership team. But Dingell added: “I think we have to act this week.”
Most of the Build Back Better legislation is written, but moderates and progressives are rushing to conclude negotiations on several important issues.
They hope that an agreement can be reached on the language that will allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, but only for older drugs that are no longer in the “exclusivity period.”
Democratic negotiators are also trying to resolve some sticking points in the climate part of the package, the majority leader said. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Democrats Ignore Manchin House Democrats’ 3D Inaction Movie Democrats face monster December collision MORE (D-Md.), Citing some reservations of the centrist senator. Joe manchinJoe Manchin On The Money – Presented by Citi – Progressives ignore Manchin warning Cori Bush criticizes Manchin for opposition to spending bill: ‘Anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman and anti-Immigrant’ Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by The American Petroleum Institute – Glasgow Summit begins MORE (DW.Va.).
And House Democrats, prompted by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, are drafting legislative language for a series of immigration reform provisions totaling about $ 100 billion. They are trying to ensure that immigration provisions can be passed with the Senate MP and comply with that chamber’s Byrd Rule.
“We need to keep all options on the table for immigration, so that when the parliamentarian governs, we have those options on the table,” President of the Progressive Caucus Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOn The Money – Presented by Citi – Progressives Ignore Manchin, Warning House Democrats Ignore Manchin Manchin Demands Infrastructure Vote; delay support for expense bill PLUS (D-Wa.) He told reporters.
“That is what we are working on, putting in everything we can and I think we are going to get a resolution on it.”
Mike Lillis contributed.