Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) notified his Democratic caucus on Friday that he may cancel the scheduled August recess in order to commit more energy into passing President Joe Biden’s infrastructure and voting rights proposals.
“My intention for this work period is for the Senate to consider both the bipartisan infrastructure legislation and a budget resolution with reconciliation instructions, which is the first step for passing legislation through the reconciliation process,” Schumer wrote in a letter as reported by The Hill. “Please be advised that time is of the essence and we have a lot of work to do. Senators should be prepared for the possibility of working long nights, weekends, and remaining in Washington into the previously-scheduled August state work period.”
Schumer said that although progress is creeping along, the importance of scoring bipartisan cooperation is paramount if Congress hopes to accomplish what the people elected them to achieve in the 2020 election.
“When the Senate returns to session, we will keep working to pass President Biden’s American Jobs and Families Plan. As I have said for weeks, discussions about infrastructure have continued steadily along two tracks,” Schumer wrote. “On the bipartisan infrastructure track, our committees are working tirelessly with the White House and the bipartisan infrastructure group to turn their recent agreement into legislation.”
Schumer also said that passing a budget is a top priority for lawmakers.
“On the second track, the Senate Budget Committee continues their work on a FY 2022 Budget Resolution to enact the remaining elements of the American Jobs and Families Plan — especially provisions on climate change, health care and the caring economy,” he said.
Schumer added that the GOP’s filibuster of the For the People Act last month was only the beginning of the fight to protect and strengthen voting rights throughout the United States.
“I want to be very clear: last month’s vote represented the starting gun—not the finish line—in our fight to protect our democracy. As majority leader, I reserve the right to bring back voting rights and democracy reform legislation for another vote on the Senate floor,” he said. “We still have a lot more important work to do and the items outlined in this letter do not represent an exhaustive list as there could be more that the Senate considers this work period.”
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