Democratic leaders were hoping for House votes as soon as Tuesday on President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan, two Democrats told the Associated Press on Saturday. Talks among White House, House, and Senate officials were being held over the weekend, said the Democrats, who described the plans on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak on the record, the AP reports.
As the long-delayed legislation is finally getting its last chance push through Congress, top Democrats would like to see a full Congressional compromise on President Biden’s scaled-back $1.75 trillion, 10-year social and environment plan to be written by Sunday, the Democrats said.
To clear the Senate, any agreement would need the backing of centrist Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, who have forced President Biden to make cuts from his earlier plan for a $3.5 trillion social and environmental bill and to remove some initiatives from the measure. The Senate approved the infrastructure measure in August on a bipartisan vote. House progressives have sidetracked that bill in an effort to pressure moderates to back the larger social and environmental bill.
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An accord could clear the way for House passage of that bill and a separate $1 trillion measure funding roadway, rail, and other infrastructure projects, the Democrats said. But because of the internal obstruction the party has been dealing with from Manchin and Sinema, it remains unclear whether the ambitious timetable could be met.
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