Rep. Joyce beattyJoyce Birdson Beatty CBC’s pivotal role in infrastructure underscores caucus growing stature House passes 1 trillion infrastructure bills, advances Liberals social spending plan, moderates strike deal on Biden’s agenda, clearing the path for votes MORE (D-Ohio), president of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), said Tuesday that the group was more than ready to use its influence to ensure that President BidenJoe Biden Biden Reaffirms His Commitment To Taiwan’s ‘One China’ Policy In Call With Xi Biden Raises Human Rights With China’s Xi During Four-Hour Biden Meeting, Xi Holds ‘Candid’ Discussion Amid Highs tensions MOREThe $ 1.75 Build Back Better package stops by the House before Thanksgiving.
“We believe we will be at the table again because we know that makes a difference,” the Ohio Democrat said when questioned by The Hill in a press call with the White House senior adviser. Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondCBC’s pivotal role in infrastructure underscores caucus growing stature Democrats shift focus to spending package after infrastructure approval, Sunday programs: Biden officials seek social spending package after infrastructure approval MORE.
“I will contact myself to make sure the speaker [Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiChristie: Trump rhetoric about stolen election led to Jan. 6 attack Biden signs trillion infrastructure bill into law Defiant Bannon warns of ‘misdemeanor from hell’ for Biden MORE] and everyone else knows that we are prepared to deliver each of our Congressional Black Caucus votes, ”he continued.
Two weeks ago, Beatty and House Majority Leader James Clyburn (DS.C.) negotiated an agreement between progressives and moderates that allowed the bipartisan infrastructure bill to finally reach the president’s desk and establish a vote on BBB this week.
The agreement underscored the CBC’s growing sphere of influence in both Congress and the White House.
The caucus, which turned 50 this year, has more members than ever and former members of the group like Richmond, Vice President Harris and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Marcia fudgeMarcia FudgeCBC’s pivotal role in infrastructure underscores caucus growing stature Biden talks to Murphy, McAuliffe post-governor election Shontel Brown wins special election to replace Marcia Fudge in Ohio House district MORE They are all full members of the Biden management.
Both the CBC and the White House see the pair of bills as significant victories for black communities.
Biden campaigned strongly on promises to African Americans, and the Black Caucus has worked hard to make sure these assurances come true.
The delay in voting on the extensive social services package eventually forced half a dozen progressive lawmakers, including Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) and Cori bushCori Bush Former MMA fighter sentenced to 41 months for assault on a police officer on January 6 Legislators who opposed their parties on the infrastructure bill T Progressives declare victory in the fight against the spending bill MORE (D-Mo.), To vote ultimately against the infrastructure bill. Now, however, all eyes are on House moderates, who await scores from the Congressional Budget Office before giving their Build Back Better stamps of approval.
The White House has argued that Build Back Better will not increase the country’s deficit, but the CBO’s cost estimates will give a better idea of the bill’s price.
The Beatty and Clyburn deal called for BBB to be voted on this week, but the CBO warned Monday that final estimates most likely won’t be released until the end of Friday.
Earlier Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer This week: The House of Representatives aims to pass Biden’s spending bill as time runs out White House economic adviser is confident that Biden’s spending package will pass this week. (D-Md.) He expressed optimism that the lower house would vote on the package on Thursday or Friday.