CBO scoring demands jeopardize Friday’s House vote

Demands by a handful of centrist lawmakers for a full Congressional Budget Office analysis of the social spending package are jeopardizing House Democratic leaders’ plans to hold a vote Friday on the legislation.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer Democratic Leaders Increase Pressure on Rejections of Biden’s Agenda Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by American Petroleum Institute – Biden Official Defends ‘Carrots’ Approach Democrats Adopt Manchin, Make a renewed push for family leave MORE (D-Md.) He acknowledged that a CBO score on the bill, spanning more than 2,000 pages, would not be ready on Friday.

“We’re working on it,” Hoyer said of the vote count.

House Democrats can only afford up to three defections and still pass laws on their own without the support of Republicans.

And while Democratic leaders had resolved many other political disputes Thursday night, including prescription drug prices and the state and local tax deduction (SALT), they had yet to resolve moderates’ concerns about wanting too long. to review the fiscal impact of the legislation.

Rep. Jared goldenJared Golden Conservative group targeting moderate Democrats on spending on bill votes Moderate Democrats push for score before voting on Biden package Top Democrat dismisses need for budget report before the Chamber vote on spending plan MORE (D-Maine), a centrist representing a district led by former President TrumpDonald Trump White House Calls on Senate Democrats to Meet with Powell This Month: Justice Department Report Sues Texas for New Electoral Reform Good Republicans in Government May Be Democracy’s Last Hope MORE, emerged from Pelosi’s office reiterating that there should be a CBO score before a vote on the social spending package.

When asked if there will be a vote on Friday, Golden said, “That’s a good question. I don’t know.”

Golden, who has opposed his party in other major votes, including impeachment of Trump and a COVID-19 relief package, has also indicated other objections to the social spending package. He outlined numerous concerns with the legislation in a Medium post Thursday, including the child tax credit and state and local tax deduction.

However, the push to get a CBO score before voting on the social spending package is not universal among centrist Democrats in the House of Representatives.

Rep. Josh gottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerConservative Group Targets Moderate Democrats on Spending on Bill Votes The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Political Earthquake Shakes Virginia; New Jersey is too close to call moderate Democrats press for a score before voting on Biden’s package MORE (DN.J.), who reached an agreement on the deduction of state and local taxes, a top priority for his state, urged Democrats on Friday to unite so they can vote on both the social spending package and the tan delayed bipartisan infrastructure bill.

“It is time to stop delaying and start meeting priorities to help our communities. With the bipartisan infrastructure bill and reconciliation, let’s revitalize our infrastructure, invest in child care, and lower taxes for middle-class families with SALT relief, ”Gottheimer tweeted. “Let’s do this”.

Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have struggled since September to pass both the social spending package and the bipartisan infrastructure bill due to internal divisions over strategy.

Progressives have resisted voting on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which the Senate passed in August, to maximize their influence over the social spending package.

But the tables were turned on Friday and the centrists are now the main obstacles in the preferred strategy of the Democratic leaders.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money – Presented by Citi – Pelosi’s Pressure Cooker Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Delta – An Ice Age Plan to Save Arctic Permafrost Ocasio-Cortez: Virginia Results Show Limits of ‘trying to run a 100% super moderate campaign’ MORE (DN.Y.) contrasted the progressives’ strategy of withholding their votes for the bipartisan infrastructure bill until they secured priorities in the social spending package with the centrists now holding both measures for a CBO analysis.

“I feel like there is a difference between progressives resisting and us going back to our communities and saying that we are doing this for childcare, immigration, universal pre-kindergarten, the extension of health care. And I think it is much more difficult. Go back to a person’s community and say, ‘Hey, I’m doing this to get a CBO score.’ So I think politically it’s very difficult to justify, “Ocasio-Cortez told reporters.


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