Defend Biden’s Domestic Agenda, Democrats Ready to Negotiate Budget Bill

The situation is getting more intense. This is what House Speaker – also Democrat – Nancy Pelosi said, referring to what will happen this week when members of Congress vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill worth a trillion dollars, while simultaneously considering a 3.5 trillion social spending package. Democrat-backed dollar.

The Biden administration’s domestic agenda this week faces a major test. Leaders in Congress are negotiating the timing of a vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill, which would increase the budget for building roads, bridges and other projects. Some progressive Democrats say they will not approve the $1 trillion package unless the $3.5 trillion social spending bill – which is part of Biden’s main “Build Back Better” program – is also voted on.

On ABC’s “This Week” program, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the lower value bill was likely to be discussed first, while the larger package’s value was likely to be trimmed as negotiations progress.

“This is not a clash between moderates and progressives. Overall, all of our caucuses – except for some whose views I also respect – support Joe Biden’s vision. We will pass, will make progress this week,” he said.

However, other issues loom. According to a recent report, the government will start to run out dana around mid-October. Congress had to raise the debt limit so it could borrow money to pay for a variety of approved expenses, including the military and social security.

US Senate minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell

US Senate minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell

Last week Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans would not help Democrats raise the debt ceiling, arguing Democrats should pass it themselves because they are also prepared to pass a $3.5 trillion bill, which many Republicans oppose.

“Don’t play ‘Russian roulette’ with our economy. Increase and raise the debt ceiling to cover everything that has been started this year,” he said.

But what’s at stake is the potential for a partial shutdown of the government’s operations this weekend if Congress doesn’t pass the law shopping. The Senate is expected to next consider a bill passed by the House of Representatives, which wouldbig spending limit, increasing debt and providing assistance to communities affected by natural disasters and Afghan refugees. [em/jm]

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