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Politics Schumer announces he has votes for moving $3.5T package

03:45  22 november  2021
03:45  22 november  2021 Source:   politico.com

Schumer shakes up schedule as reconciliation bill slog continues

  Schumer shakes up schedule as reconciliation bill slog continues The Biden White House’s social spending plan will probably have to wait some more.With Congress reconvening Monday and the House still working to pass the massive climate, safety net and tax package, the Senate will likely turn instead this week to the massive annual defense policy bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday. That’s because even if the House passes the so-called budget reconciliation bill this week, there’s still work to do to ready the legislation for the Senate floor.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Thursday that all 50 Democrats will vote to move forward on the party’s $3.5 trillion social spending proposal.

Chuck Schumer holding a wine glass: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer updates reporters on the latest action in the infrastructure negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on July 28. © J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer updates reporters on the latest action in the infrastructure negotiations between Republicans and Democrats on July 28.

Schumer’s remarks come after the Senate took the first step to advance a $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure framework Wednesday evening. The New York Democrat has long insisted that the Senate will pass both the bipartisan bill and a budget blueprint for the multi-trillion dollar legislative package before the chamber leaves for the August recess.

Senate advances defense bill after Schumer, Pelosi reach deal on China legislation

  Senate advances defense bill after Schumer, Pelosi reach deal on China legislation The agreement comes after Senate Republicans and some House Democrats objected to Schumer’s push to unilaterally attach the China legislation to the must-pass defense bill.The agreement comes after Senate Republicans and some House Democrats objected to Schumer’s push to unilaterally attach the China legislation to the must-pass defense bill, creating an impasse that halted the Senate’s already-delayed action on the National Defense Authorization Act.

“We will move forward on both tracks,” Schumer said Thursday morning. “I’m proud of my Democratic caucus, every one of them voting yesterday for this bill and all pledging to go forward on the second track as well.”

While all 50 Democratic senators support beginning the process of passing the $3.5 trillion bill, the final price tag on the bill is not yet clear. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) said Wednesday that while she will vote to move forward, she does not support legislation that costs $3.5 trillion, angering progressives in her party.


Gallery: Senate Democrats announce $3.5 trillion budget agreement (San Francisco Chronicle)

Chuck Schumer wearing a suit and tie: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters before meeting with Democratic members of the Texas Legislature who are trying to kill a Republican bill in Austin that would make it harder to vote in the Lone Star State, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), another moderate Democrat, said last week that while he was committed to advancing the bill, he reserved the right to do “whatever the hell I want” on final passage.

Senate punts defense bill until after Thanksgiving as debate hits roadblock

  Senate punts defense bill until after Thanksgiving as debate hits roadblock Pushing back votes on the defense bill further narrows the window for leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to iron out a compromise.The roadblock is just the latest delay for the must-pass National Defense Authorization Act, which had already languished for months without action despite complaints from both Democrats and Republicans. The impasse dashes the aims of Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to finish work on the legislation before the holiday.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, are already waging a messaging war against the social spending bill. While 17 Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined all 50 Democrats in voting to consider the bipartisan legislation, Republicans are dubbing the second multi-trillion dollar package as a “reckless tax and spending” spree.

In his opening remarks Thursday, McConnell said that he was “happy” to forge ahead on the bipartisan physical infrastructure package. But he added that “the kind of focused compromise that our colleagues have been hashing out could not contrast more sharply” with the Democratic bill.

Democrats will use the so-called budget reconciliation process to pass the social spending package without GOP support. The legislation is expected to include top policy priorities for the party, ranging from climate change to child care to health care.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi has pledged that she will not move forward on the bipartisan bill until the Senate passes the second package.

Congress's goal in December: Avoid shutdown and default .
Congress faces a government shutdown by week's end and the expiration of the debt limit on Dec. 15, giving Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) two big challenges at the start of a very busy December. Schumer on Monday said avoiding a shutdown would be a top priority in the week ahead. "With so many critical issues, the last thing that the American people need right now is a shutdown. The last thing the American people need right now is a government shutdown, and Democrats are going to work this week to make sure we don't have one," he said.

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