Sunday, October 17, 2021

Democrats Struggle to Reach Deal. As House Delay Votes on $3.5 Trillion Budget Bill

House Democrats delayed a vote on the Democratic leadership’s $3.5 trillion spending bill late Thursday, the office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer confirmed in a statement after hours of talks.

“During the same legislative day of September 30, subject to the call of the Chairman, the House shall remain on holiday, and not later than 9:30 a.m. tomorrow,” A statement issued shortly before 11 pm said.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a separate statement said That Thursday was “a day of progress in fulfilling the president’s vision to make it better”. The reconciliation bill was set for vote on Thursday.

“Discussions are ongoing with the House, Senate and White House to reach agreement on a bicameral structure to better build through a reconciliation bill,” Pelosi said.

Thursday’s adjournment came as two major Senate moderates, Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Sen. Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.), indicated they would not support the bill without adjustments. Both votes are crucial to the bill’s passage, and they have long said the price is too high.

“I don’t see a deal tonight. I really don’t,” Munchkin said shortly before 10 p.m. as he exited a meeting with senior congressmen and White House staff in the Capitol basement.

Munchkin indicated for the first time that $1.5 trillion was the farthest he would go at reconciliation, telling reporters that he thought the figure was the most the government could do “without risk”.[ing] our economy.”

He said he was ready to work with the leadership to negotiate “our priorities” at the $1.5 trillion price point, adding that if Democrats want to do more “they will move on to the rest of it later”. There are many ways to get where they can,” to add. They want to, just don’t [by] Doing everything at once. “

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“We are in goodwill talks,” Manchin said.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Cinema, who has said little since the bill was introduced, said, “Kirsten will not support the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.”

The delay is the second time this week that the Speaker of the House has been forced to postpone a planned vote on the bill as talks continue.

“[Negotiations] It could be tomorrow, they could be next week. We shouldn’t stop on dates,” Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told reporters as he was leaving a meeting with top White House staff on Thursday night.

Manchin said late Wednesday that he believes it will take “a while” to complete the specific changes needed to pass the proposed sweeping measures in the Biden-backed “Build Back Better Act,” which is being implemented in a bipartisan fashion. was not prepared.

Without elaborating on the specifics of his discussion with President Joe Biden, Munchkin said that “[the] reconciliation [bill] going to take some time; It’s not going to be one or two or three weeks.”

“There’s a lot, just [even] The tax code itself,” he said.

He said in a statement, the reconciliation bill should be driven by “what we need and can afford”, not “reshaping the social and economic fabric of this country or retaliating for willful spending.” “.

The Epoch Times has contacted the White House for comment.

Joseph Lord contributed to this report.

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Isabel van Bruggen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter at The Epoch Times. He holds a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City, University of London.

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