Pelosi goes ahead with voting without Manchin’s participation

House Democrats said Wednesday they were changing tack and moving forward with a vote on President BidenJoe Biden Five Takeaways from a Bleak Night for Democrats Youngkin Wins Virginia Governor’s Race Michelle Wu Chosen as Boston’s First Mayor MOREbroad social and climate spending package later this week, without getting the commitment of a key senator. Joe manchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment – Presented by the American Petroleum Institute – Biden seeks to tackle methane Biden rallies nations to reduce methane emissions Democrats give Manchin warning about lack of progress on spending bill MORE (DW.Va.) that will support the legislation.

For weeks, Spokesperson Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money – Presented by Citi – Democrats get closer to a deal on Biden’s agenda Moderate Democrats push for scores before voting on Biden’s package Democrats on cusp of broad deal on Biden’s agenda MORE (D-Calif.) And his leadership team had worked to come to terms with Manchin and his centrist colleague, the senator. Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten Sinema Democrats listen to Manchin for lack of progress on spending bill Democrats on the cusp of broad agreement on Biden’s agenda Biden says Manchin will support final version of spending bill MORE (D-Ariz.) Up front before bringing Biden’s Build Back Better plan to the ground, a strategy Democrats believed would pave the bill’s path to the president’s desk.

But Manchin has refused to approve the package, saying Wednesday that the Republican Party’s electoral victories in Virginia on Tuesday should put Democrats on the brakes of Biden’s $ 1.75 trillion spending plan.

Instead, frustrated House leaders hit the gas pedal and vowed to bring both the Senate-approved infrastructure package and the social safety net bill to the ground.

The Rules Committee, which is aligned with Pelosi, met Wednesday night on a 2,135-page Build Back Better bill that is still evolving and that was revised to include new provisions on immigration, taxes, drug prices. prescriptions and other provisions.

Pelosi announced earlier in the day that House Democrats would once again include four weeks of permanent paid family and medical leave in the package, much to Manchin’s chagrin.

“We’re going to finish,” Foreign Affairs Chairman Greg Meeks (DN.Y.), a Pelosi ally, said of the pair of bills after leaving a 90-minute closed-door Democratic Caucus meeting. “I think we are together. I think there has been a lot of progress. We will do it “.

A spokesperson for Pelosi also confirmed that voting will take place this week and that the Speaker plans to bring Build Back Better to the first floor. But in the past she has promised to hold votes on Biden’s agenda, only to meet opposition from her own party that forced her to delay voting.

A handful of moderates, led by Rep. Stephanie murphyStephanie Murphy Moderate Democrats push for scores before voting on Biden package Top Democrat dismisses need for budget report before House votes on spending plan Progressives win again: No infrastructure vote Thursday PLUS (D-Fla.), They are demanding a Congressional Budget Office score on the social spending bill before agreeing to vote on it.

“His well of confidence remains undiscovered by all of us who seek him out,” said one moderate Democrat.

“There is risk because you have to pass the floor here and then once you get to the Senate, you have to survive there,” said a second House Democrat. “It shows how much everyone wants to see movement.”

Pelosi’s change in strategy underscores the desire of House Democrats to show some kind of progress on Biden’s economic agenda after months of disorderly infighting within the party over political policies and tactics. Both the House and Senate are scheduled to be on recess next week for Veterans Day, and grassroots Democrats are desperate for a successful vote that they can discuss with voters and voters at home, especially after his great loss in Virginia. .

But it’s unclear how things would play out in the Senate if the House succeeds in passing Build Back Better. House Democrats said such a move would pressure Manchin to reject the package and bring the two sides closer to a deal that has been elusive for months.

A vote is “an indication of what the House is willing to support; obviously there is another part of the process in the Senate, ”said Rep. Joaquin castroJoaquín Castro Democratic representatives call for an investigation into Texas border policy Democrats call on the state to lift the ban on embassies discussing same-sex marriage The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Alibaba – House Democrats Representatives plagued by Biden’s scheduling issues MORE (D-Texas) told The Hill after the caucus meeting. “You know, at some point you have to act.”

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