Panel OKs Dems’ $3.5T bill, crunch time for Biden agenda


(Worthy News) – Democrats pushed a $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill strengthening social safety net and climate programs through the House Budget Committee on Saturday, but one voted “no,” illustrating the challenges party leaders face in winning the near unanimity they’ll need to push the sprawling package through . The Democratic-dominated panel, meeting virtually, approved the measure on a near party-line vote, 20-17. The passage marked a necessary but minor checking of a procedural box for Democrats by edging it a step closer to debate by the full House. Under budget rules, the committee wasn’t allowed to significantly amend the 2,465-page measure, the product of 13 other House committees.

More important work has been happening in an opaque procession of mostly unannounced phone calls, meetings and other bargaining sessions among party leaders and rank-and-file lawmakers. President , House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., have led a behind-the-scenes hunt for compromises to resolve internal divisions and, they hope, allow approval of the mammoth bill soon.

Pelosi told fellow Democrats Saturday that they “must” pass the social and environment package this week, along with a separate bill and a third measure preventing a government shutdown on Friday. Her letter to colleagues underscored the pile of crucial work Congress‘ Democratic majority faces in coming days and seemed an effort to build urgency to resolve long-standing disputes quickly. [ Source: Washington Times (Read More…) ]

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