Tuesday, September 27, 2022

House Advances Sen. Sanders’ $3.5 Trillion Budget Resolution

The House of Representatives met in an emergency session Tuesday to consider rules on the Sen. Sanders (I-VT) budget proposal, the infrastructure bill passed by the Senate, and the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Act.

In a vote on rules to advance Sanders’ budget proposal, the House approved the proposal on a thin party-line vote. All 212 Republicans voted against moving the budget, spending much of today’s session pleading with Democrats for a better handling of the Afghanistan crisis. All 220 Democrats voted to advance the proposal.

The vote follows weeks of prolonged stalemate in the House between moderates, who refused to vote for a budget proposal before the infrastructure bill was passed, and progressives who refused to vote for the infrastructure bill before the budget proposal was passed. refused to vote for. The Moderates controlled only nine votes, but that would have been enough for Sanders’ budget to be rejected by the lower house. Initially, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) referred to the strategy as “amateur hour”, but as the vote drew closer, she was forced to take her threats more seriously.

The situation intensified even more last week when liberal Sens. Joe Manchin (DW. Va.) and Kirsten Cinemas (D-Ariz.) joined Nine in secret meetings to advise them on negotiations with Pelosi and the White House.

In an emergency meeting with the moderate leader of the House last night, Pelosi met with the de facto leader of the moderate rebels, Rep. Josh Gotheimer (DNJ). The meeting continued till this morning. The two reached an agreement that would guarantee the passage of the infrastructure bill by September 27, a move that quelled moderate concerns that the bill would not be passed.

This morning, Pelosi expressed optimism that he has the vote, but uncertainty continued as to whether the agreement between the two would satisfy other holdouts.

President Joe Biden, who sees the budget proposal as essential to his “build better” agenda, also lashed out at nine moderates in a phone call. Some Republicans, such as Rep. Steve Scalis (R-La.), criticized the president for using this time to deal with “$5 trillion in new spending and taxes” instead of using it to tackle the Afghanistan crisis. .

Along this route, the budget proposal is one step closer to the president’s desk, but will still face challenges when it comes back to the Senate from moderates like Manchin, who have expressed concerns about its massive $3.5 trillion price tag. . He has told reporters he is “not making any promises” that he will vote for the bill when he returns from the House. With their 51 votes, including those of the vice president, Senate Democrats can’t afford a single defection to pass legislation. Given this, the House vote today is only one step in the much tedious process that would need to pass the resolution in order to become law.

Joseph Lord Epoch is a congressional reporter for the Times focusing on Democrats. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Clemson University and was a scholar on the Lyceum program.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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