House Democrats approached a pre-Thanksgiving vote Monday on 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 MOREsocial benefits and climate package, as the official congressional scorer issued new cost estimates demanded by a group of centrist opponents and party leaders with plans to bring the legislation to the floor before the weekend.
The two new fiscal reports, released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), detailed only parts of the massive $ 1.75 trillion legislation. But they were accompanied by the announcement that the CBO also intends to conclude its full budget impact analysis by the end of the day on Friday, a faster schedule than previously suggested and which increases the prospects that the House will move the measure this way. week.
Centrist Democrats praised the announcement, while emphasizing their demand for an official word that the new wave of spending would not increase federal deficits.
“I’m waiting for the last handful of CBO scores to come in. I’ve always said that it is very important to me that it is fully paid,” said the Moderate Representative. Elissa slotkinElissa Slotkin GOP State Senator Announces Potential Challenge to Slotkin in Michigan Former Republican Rep. Mike Bishop ‘is seriously considering’ the return offer Provide affordable housing to recruit our next generation of volunteer firefighters MORE (D-Mich.) He told The Hill on Monday. “Right now, the numbers are looking pretty good. But, you know, I come from a district that expects me to read every line. …
“I am still undecided, and I have said it in every way until Sunday. My district expects me to make independent decisions and that’s what I’m going to do. ”
The CBO developments came on the same day that Biden, in a high-profile ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, signed into law the other piece of his two-part economic agenda: a 1.2 trillion bill. of dollars designed to shore up the nation’s aging. roads, bridges, water systems and other physical infrastructure. That package had passed through both houses with bipartisan support, and was championed by moderate Democrats seeking to secure their bipartisan credentials ahead of tough reelection races next year.
“My message to the American people is this: America is moving again and your life is going to change for the better,” Biden said.
The dual events marked an auspicious moment for Democrats amid a marathon debate over Biden’s agenda that has been plagued by internal clashes over the size, scope and strategy surrounding the massive legislation. And it comes at a time of growing unrest for the president, whose approval rating has plummeted amid rising inflation, a turbulent job market and a lingering COVID-19 crisis that continues to threaten public health and undermine a fragile economic recovery. .
House Democrats, affected by recent trends and facing a tough chance of keeping the chamber in next year’s midterm elections, hope that the infrastructure victory will give a boost to the social spending bill more broad and help drive vulnerable incumbents into those elections.
“There is a lot of momentum with what the president is doing today with the BIF and the fact that he invited the entire Congress to this,” said Rep. Ruben GallegoRubén Gallego Hispanic Democrats campaign on Galician infrastructure agreement in a possible offer for 2024: “I never say no to the future” Senator Gillibrand’s historic legislation would revolutionize the study of UFOs MORE (D-Ariz.) He told The Hill, referring to the bipartisan infrastructure framework. “I think he’s trying to set a tone of, ‘Hey, you know, we’re a team. Let’s get this over with ‘. And I think he’s going to take advantage of that vibe. “
It’s unclear when Democratic leaders intend to bring the bigger package to the floor. The House is scheduled to leave Washington for a long Thanksgiving break Thursday, a day before the CBO promised to deliver a full report on the legislation. And some Democrats are already calling for the leadership to extend the timetable to accommodate the budget office.
“I think we have to wait until we get the CBO score,” Senior Representative Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) Told The Hill. “It doesn’t matter when it arrives, we have to wait.”
That message also comes from Republican leaders in the House of Representatives, who had joined President TrumpDonald Trump House Freedom Caucus Elects Rep. Scott Perry as New President Meadows ‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place’ with Trump, Jan. 6 Panel On The Money – Biden Closes Infrastructure Week MORE in opposing the infrastructure bill and are also expected to meet their conference in unanimous opposition to the larger, but more controversial “family” benefits package. They are warning that the wave of new spending would hurt an already volatile economy.
“Given its size, scope, given its unquestionable impact on American life, the American people deserve an honest and transparent debate about its true cost and content,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyPLUS (R-Calif.) He said Monday in a speech on the House floor, characterizing the bills as a “socialist spending spree.”
McCarthy’s warning came just as dozens of House and Senate lawmakers from both parties gathered on Capitol Hill and boarded buses, shuttles and vans that took them to the White House to celebrate Biden’s signing of the US bill. roads, bridges and broadband. But the Build Back Better package, and the task ahead, was on many of their minds.
“I am very confident that we are going to achieve this and cross the finish line,” said Rep. Joe neguseJoseph (Joe) NegusePelosi Calls For Ethics, Criminal Investigations Into Gosar Balancing / Sustainability – Presented By Southern Company – What A Leading Biologist Says That Will Save Humans Democrats Push To Boost Wildland Firefighter Pay, Greater Benefits For The mental health MORE (D-Colo.), A member of the Democratic leadership, told The Hill while boarding one of the ferries. “Today is a great day for the president, for the country, to deliver something that many presidents have tried and failed to do, which is a bipartisan infrastructure bill to rebuild our dilapidated roads and bridges.”
Reflecting months of debate between warring Democratic factions, the $ 1.75 trillion family package features a host of benefits from social safety net and climate programs that party leaders have sought, in some cases, during decades. The list includes hundreds of billions of dollars to promote universal early education, create generous new child care subsidies, extend an existing child tax credit, and expand health care services under Medicare, Medicaid, and ObamaCare.
It also has more than $ 500 billion in programs to combat climate change, largely encouraging a shift toward green power generation and the purchase of electric vehicles.
The CBO had previously issued cost estimates for provisions that fall under the jurisdiction of six separate committees, and on Monday they were added to that list, releasing scores for the Agriculture and Financial Services portions of the bill.
However, the legislation, even if it passes the House this week, will face many hurdles in the Senate, where several centrist Democrats, in particular Joe manchinJoe ManchinBiden Signs 1 Billion Infrastructure Bills The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented By Facebook – Trump Officials Face Legal Consequences For Challenging Subpoenas The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By ExxonMobil – Will Big Bill Pass of Biden in the House this week? PLUS (W.Va.) and Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten SinemaBiden Signs Billion Dollar Infrastructure Bill The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Trump officials face legal consequences for challenging subpoenas Democrats hope to pass the .75T Biden package this week MORE (Ariz.) – They have denied various provisions. Manchin, in particular, has resisted the inclusion of paid family leave, an expansion of Medicare benefits, and provisions designed to reduce methane emissions, an issue of relevance in his fossil-fuel-intensive state.
Manchin has also expressed concern that the $ 1.75 trillion price tag, even if spread over 10 years, would exacerbate rising inflation. However, before Monday’s White House event, Manchin declined to comment on the nature of his support.
“We will talk to everyone,” he said. “We are analyzing everything.”
Aris Folley contributed.