This Week: House Aims To Pass Biden’s Spending Bill As Time Runs Out

House Democrats intend to pass President BidenJoe Biden US Bishops To Consider Whether Biden Should Receive Communion Barrels Of Congress Towards Year-End Clash Biden Turns On Former New Orleans Mayor Landrieu To Lead Infrastructure MOREsocial and climate spending bill as they approach the end of the year.

Both the House and Senate returned this week from a week-long recess for Veterans Day, but both are expected to leave next week for Thanksgiving. And they both aim to get out of town for the year before December 13.

The House’s expected consideration of the Build Back Better bill this week comes after Democrats criticized its plan to hold a vote before the Veterans Day recess as moderates pushed for more information from the Bureau. Congress Budget (CBO).

CBO released analysis on parts of the bill last week and the Speaker of the House Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi: Congress moves toward end-of-year crash Biden’s strengths and weaknesses, both on display Gosar faces increasing odds of censorship on the House floor MORE (D-Calif.) He said in a letter to his group late last week that they expected additional information by Monday. But CBO has yet to say when it might have an analysis of the entire bill.

“We thank the CBO for moving quickly as we await more numbers from the committees that finished their work later,” Pelosi wrote in his letter to House Democrats.

As part of an agreement crafted by moderates, progressives, and House leaders, the House passed a rule establishing a final vote on the social spending bill before leaving for a week-long recess. Five moderate House Democrats also issued a statement pledging to vote on the bill “in its current form, in addition to technical changes, as quickly as we receive fiscal information from the Congressional Budget Office … consistent with the main lines” of a framework agreed upon earlier this year. month.

The statement also specified that the vote would take place “in no event after the week of November 15.” And House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer, White House House Economic Adviser, is confident the spending package will pass this week. (D-Md.) He put “consideration” of the bill on the House of Representatives’ agenda for this week, though he did not specify a date when they would attempt to bring the bill to the floor.

Progressives are making it clear that they expect a vote this week and that a full CBO analysis of the entire bill was never required.

“To clarify everyone: the agreement we made with our colleagues was NOT for the CBO score. It was for additional financial information from CBO. The agreement also says that in no event will voting take place after the week of 15 November … We trust in the commitments of our colleagues, “said the president of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal Congress moves toward year-end chaos Inflation poses new challenges for progressive Democrats disagreeing with changes SALT MORE (D-Wash.) He tweeted.

With the delay in the House, it seems likely that the Senate’s consideration of the spending bill will linger beyond Thanksgiving. Senate Majority Leader Charles schumerChuck SchumerSchumer Pressures Biden to Leverage Oil Reserves to Lower Gas Prices Still a Chance for Democrats: If they don’t screw it up, the GOP moves into blocking Biden’s diplomatic elections MORE (DN.Y.) had previously hoped to bring it to the floor this week, which would allow Senate Democrats to try to pass it before leaving town for a week-long vacation break.

“Moment of consideration of [Build Back Better Act] in the Senate will largely depend on when the House sends us the bill and when the CBO finalizes its scores for all committees, which are necessary to complete the ‘Byrd Bath’ process, ”Schumer wrote in a letter to the Senate Democrats released Sunday. .

Schumer had previously estimated that the Senate would need a week to go through the procedural steps for the bill to be ready to go to the full Senate. If the House passes the spending bill this week, that could position the Senate to be ready to hit the floor as early as the week after Thanksgiving, though that would also put them on a collision course with the government funding deadline of December 3.

And even as House Democrats aim to pass the bill this week, Senate Democrats are still negotiating on key pieces including climate language, changes to the tax code and an uphill effort to get the Sen. Joe manchinJoe Manchin Congress Moves Toward Year-End Slump Inflation Increases Focus On Biden’s Fed Election Biden’s Spending Bill Will Likely Slip Through Senate After House Delays MORE (DW.Va.) to support the inclusion of the paid license on the invoice.

Data from last week showing inflation has hit a 30-year high could also put further pressure on Senate Democrats, who need full unity from their caucus to pass the bill. Manchin has repeatedly called for a “pause” on the bill, noting that he was concerned about inflation. After data released late last week, he said in a statement that “the threat” from inflation is not temporary “and is instead getting worse.”

“From the grocery store to the gas station, Americans know that the inflation tax is real and DC can no longer ignore the economic pain Americans feel every day,” Manchin added.

The Senate will also need to obtain the bill from the parliamentarian, who offers guidance on whether or not the bill complies with restrictions on what can be passed under the budget reconciliation process that Democrats are using to avoid Republican obstructionism. .

Schumer, in his letter to Senate Democrats, said that meetings with the MP on the Byrd rule, which establishes the reconciliation restrictions, “will begin this week.”


The Senate is “likely” this week to introduce the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a broad military policy bill, while they wait for the House to send Biden’s spending bill.

The Senate Armed Services Committee passed its defense bill in July, establishing an upper line of $ 778 billion that added $ 25 billion more to the defense budget than the administration requested.

But since then, the bill has been in limbo as Democrats tried to leave the floor open for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which passed in early August, and then for the climate and social spending bill. , whose consideration has repeatedly slipped as the Democrats continued to negotiate. .

The defense bill generally passes with a wide bipartisan margin, but it is a magnet for hundreds of amendments and takes about two weeks to reach the floor and for a final vote, a substantial amount of time on a year-end each time. more crowded. calendar.

Some conservatives want to remove language from the Senate bill that includes women in military recruitment. The United States hasn’t instituted draft since the Vietnam War, but men have yet to register with what’s officially known as the Selective Service System or face consequences like losing access to federal financial aid for college.

But they are likely to fall short, given bipartisan support for the provision and its inclusion in the House version of the NDAA as well. There is also no guarantee that they will get an amendment vote. Hundreds of amendments are tabled each year, but only a few get votes as part of the Senate debate.

The Senate is expected to use the NDAA as a vehicle to revoke the authorization of the 2002 Iraq war. Schumer pledged to vote on the repeal this year and wrote in a letter to Senate Democrats Sunday that “the NDAA is a place logical to vote “.

Once the Senate passes the bill, it will still have to agree with the House on a final version of the bill and pass it again before it can go to Biden’s desk.


The Senate will begin the week by working to confirm additional Biden candidates.

The Senate will take a procedural vote on the nomination of Graham Scott Steele to be Under Secretary of the Treasury at 5:30 pm Monday, setting a final vote for Tuesday.

Schumer has also won votes for Robert Bonnie to be undersecretary of agriculture for agricultural production and conservation and Brian Nelson to be undersecretary for terrorism and trustworthy crimes. The Senate is also expected to vote on Jonathan Kanter’s nomination to be assistant attorney general.

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