Thursday, December 2, 2021

Democrats delay voting on key bills, keep talking

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled Thursday night’s vote on President Biden’s infrastructure bill, leaving a key part of his domestic agenda in limbo amid deep Democratic struggles.

Democrats plan to continue working on Friday.

Pelosi, a San Francisco Democrat, promised centrist Democrats that the House of Representatives would vote on an infrastructure plan on Thursday, whether or not the second, much of Biden’s agenda, a multi-billion dollar expansion of national social safety nets, was completed.

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The speaker spent a full day gathering votes for an infrastructure plan worth about $ 1 trillion and reaching a framework agreement on the size and scope of the social safety net. White House Domestic Policy Adviser Susan Rice and National Economy Adviser Brian Deese arrived at Capitol Hill to help negotiate an agreement between Democratic leaders and two center Democratic opposition members in the Senate. But these attempts ended at about 22:00.

Vice President Kamala Harris leaves the Senate Capitol.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Bernie Sanders talks to reporters.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Talking to reporters.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Kirsten Cinema and Joe Manchin in the elevator

Sens. Kirsten Cinema (Arizona) and Joe Manchin III (DW.Va.).

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Nancy Pelosi is seen in silhouette in front of the camera light.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi at her weekly press conference Thursday.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Diane Feinstein and Jackie Rosen walk the Capitol together.

Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein of California and Jackie Rosen of Nevada.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Photographers shoot Joe Manchin

Senator Joe Manchin III surrounded by journalists.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Get up and sit in the hallway

Reporters wait outside a meeting with Senator Joe Manchin and Kirsten Cinema, as well as White House aides including Susan Rice.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

US Capitol under the evening sky

Democrats will resume talks at the Capitol on Friday.

(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

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