Democratic leaders increase pressure on holdouts of Biden’s agenda

Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives are increasing pressure on lawmakers who still withhold their support for President BidenJoe Biden Democrats pressed panic button after Virginia Manchin collapse says he won’t vote to override Senate MP Carville blames ‘stupid awakening’ for Democratic losses MOREoff the economic agenda, racing against the clock to pass a massive welfare bill on Thursday night.

A handful of House moderates still resist some of the policy provisions contained in the massive $ 1.75 trillion package of safety net benefits and climate programs that Biden has been trying to pass for months. Concerns surround issues as diverse as immigration, emissions, and tax cuts for high-income regions across the country.

Spokesman Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money – Presented by Citi – Pelosi plays hard with Manchin Overnight Health Care – Biden urges parents to vaccinate children House outlines immigration provisions in latest Build Back Better packet MORE (D-Calif.) And other party leaders are fighting to win over those reluctant legislators. Pelosi sent a letter to Democrats Thursday afternoon promoting a new report from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT), which suggested that the new welfare spending would be fully offset, an effort to win over moderates who promise to oppose the package without an official cost. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate.

Soon after, amid a series of House votes initially scheduled to consider five bills, party leaders added an additional six votes to the tally, including bills to change the name of the office facilities. local district couriers, suggesting they wanted more time to twist their arms on the chamber floor.

“I think that’s why they are putting more votes in the room, to try to convince some people that [support Biden’s agenda]”said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas).” We thought we were done, but there are more votes. “

Cuellar, a Democrat from Blue Dog, is among lawmakers with persistent concerns about the package’s provisions. For Cuellar, the problem is related to methane emissions, an issue of relevance in his South Texas district, which he wants to be handled through regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency, not with laws passed by Congress.

“We believe that EPA rules can solve weather problems,” Cuellar said. “I want to move the ball forward, but I’m still worried about the energy part.”

Thats not all.

Other moderates are still withholding their support to fight for broader immigration benefits. Others are still waiting for the CBO score. And there remains some disagreement over a limit for the federal tax deduction on state and local taxes, known as SALT, which has hit high-tax states disproportionately.

“Different people have different problems,” Cuellar said.

Add to that list another factor: distrust.

“That had told us that they were not going to move this until they had 50 votes [in] the Senate, and they also told us that we were going to vote on the BIF on September 27th. And here we are, “said Cuellar.” So the two things they told us are not being saved.

“So there is certainly a lack of confidence among some of the moderates.”

Still, party leaders are moving forward with their plan to vote on the welfare package Thursday night.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by The American Petroleum Institute – Biden Official Defends ‘Carrots’ Approach Democrats Embrace Manchin, Make Renewed Push for Family Leave Hoyer Introduces Bill B Strengthening Vote deforestation rate at COP26 MORE (D-Md.) He acknowledged that “there are a number of issues that are still being worked on.” But he said it is a small number relative to the size of the bill, and “we are ready to act as soon as they can be resolved.”

“We would like to vote tonight,” he said.

Representative Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Rules Committee Chair, said the panel has yet to schedule a margin, as leaders seek to eliminate remaining wrinkles. But he said there is still “a chance” of it happening on Thursday.

“Obviously we will have to meet again,” he said. “I do not know when”.

Cuellar, however, said it would be “difficult” to win over everyone who resists in time to organize a vote Thursday night. He declined to specify how many moderates are left in that category, but said it is enough to prevent even the bill’s rule from passing if it is brought to the floor without resolving those outstanding issues.

“How do we get their attention?” he said. “Voting no to the rule.”

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