Biden’s spending bill slips through Senate after House delays

The Senate debate on President BidenJoe Biden Michael Flynn Says From US: ‘We Have To Have A Religion’ White House Tries To Change Messages On Economy Biden Expresses ‘Great Concern’ Over Belarus-Poland Border Crisis MOREThe climate and social spending bill is likely to collapse, after the House failed to send the bill before the Veterans Day recess.

Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck Schumer: There’s still a chance for the Democrats: If they don’t screw it up, the Republican Party delves into blocking Biden’s diplomatic selections, Sununu says he’ll decide on the Senate run ‘in the next week or so’ MORE (DN.Y.) expected to start the debate on the Build Back Better legislation this week, but instead, in a letter sent to the Senate Democratic committee on Sunday, said the Senate is “likely” to adopt the Authorization Act of National defense. (NDAA), a mass defense policy bill, instead.

“Because the House delays consideration of the BBBA to the week of November 15, the Senate is likely to consider the NDAA this next week while we await approval of the BBBA by the House,” Schumer wrote in the letter. in reference to Build Back Better Act (BBBA).

Although the defense bill was approved by the committee over the summer, when it could arrive, the Senate floor has been in limbo as Democrats tried to figure out the timing of the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which was approved by the Senate. in August, and social and climate spending. invoice.

The defense bill is generally passed by a wide bipartisan margin, but it is a magnet for hundreds of potential changes and it can take about two weeks for the bill to reach the floor and go through a final vote.

Schumer, in his letter, noted that the Senate defense bill debate will include a vote on repealing the authorization of the 2002 Iraq war. He is also considering adding in China’s competitiveness legislation that was passed by the Senate earlier this year, but that has stalled in the House.

Schumer did not say when the Senate will adopt Biden’s Build Back Better legislation. The House had hoped to pass the bill before Congress left for a week-long congressional recess, but instead, House moderates said they wanted more information from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). ). Whip of most of the house Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer Hoyer Endorses Jazz Lewis for Maryland House Seat Duel: Pelosi Challenges Liberals to Sink Infrastructure Bill CBO Scoring Demands Threaten Friday’s House Vote of Representatives MORE (D-Md.) included the consideration of the bill on next week’s house floor show.

“The timing of BBBA’s consideration in the Senate will largely depend on when the House sends us the bill and when CBO finalizes its scores for all committees, which are necessary to complete the ‘Byrd Bath’ process,” he wrote Schumer in the Letter “Dear Colleague”.

Schumer had previously said that once the House passes the bill, the Senate would need about a week to make sure it met Senate budget rules. Congress is set to leave town after this week for a week-long Thanksgiving break and return on November 29.

Schumer’s office has been in contact with the MP to make sure the bill complies with the Senate rules for reconciliation, the process they are using to avoid obstructionism, and the budget resolution they passed earlier this year. that prompted the spending bill.

In addition to “aiming” to end those discussions this week, Schumer said Senate Democrats will also begin discussions with the MP on whether the bill complies with the Byrd rule, which sets restrictions on what can be included in the reconciliation.

But if the Senate calendar on the social spending bill slips past Thanksgiving, it runs into other looming deadlines, including government funding. The Senate is scheduled to be in session until Dec. 13, but Schumer urged senators to “maintain their flexible hours for the remainder of the calendar year.”

“I’m sure we can do each of these important items this year, but it will probably take a few long nights and weekends,” he said.

Congress has until December 3 to fund the government and avoid a shutdown before the holidays.

Schumer, in his letter, acknowledged that lawmakers will need to pass another interim bill, known as a continuous resolution (CR), while talks on a broader deal continue.

“I am hopeful that we can reach an agreement soon so that the Committees can finalize their bills and we can consider an Omnibus bill for Fiscal Year 2022 later this year. However, it is likely that we will need to process one. Continuous Resolution before December 3 to give our Appropriators have more time to finish their work, “he wrote.

Democrats are also holding talks on how to advance voting rights legislation, including what potential changes, if any, to Senate rules bring together the 50-member caucus. To change legislative obstructionism, Democrats would need the support of all members of the caucus, as well as Vice President Harris in the chair to break a tie. Sens. Joe manchinJoe ManchinClimate emergency is causing widespread anxiety among youth Sunday shows progress: Biden administration faces peak inflation Inflation poses new challenges for progressives MORE (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten SinemaInflation Raises New Challenges for Hillicon Valley Progressives – Immigrants are being put into surveillance programs Senate Democrats urge government to do more to protect K-12 schools from hackers MORE (D-Ariz.) They are opposed to rejecting filibuster, and Manchin has opposed the idea of ​​a split.

Before the Veterans Day recess, a group of Senate Democrats were selected to lead the discussions within the caucus and Schumer, in his letter, said that “those talks will continue in earnest next week.”

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