The House of Representatives voted 365-51 on Friday to extend the authorization for surface transport funding by a month.
More than a $1 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate was set to renew funding, but House Democrats have failed to push the measure as part of a stalemate over a larger $3.5 trillion welfare package , which is a signature part of President Joe Biden. Agenda
Earlier in the day, the transport department fired 3,700 employees for lack of funds. It is not clear whether the furlough will be lifted for all workers, as some of the funds in the extension bill (PDF) will not be released until October 15.
Biden made a rare visit to Capitol Hill on Friday to resolve the standoff between the liberal and progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Moderates want the Senate-approved infrastructure bill to be passed quickly, while progressives want to hold off on the measure until an agreement is reached on Biden’s massive $3.5 trillion welfare and climate change bill.
During a 40-minute meeting with lawmakers, Biden said the infrastructure bill could be delayed while cuts are made to bring the welfare bill’s price tag to $2 trillion.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s in six minutes, six days or six weeks. We’re going to get it done,” Biden said.
The delay in both bills adds to pressure on several important legislative deadlines. Congress has until about October 18 to raise the nation’s borrowing limit by more than $28.4 trillion, according to an estimate by the Treasury Department. Six weeks later, on December 3, time runs out to avoid a government shutdown.
A bill suspending the debt limit until December 2022 passed the House on Wednesday, but Senate Republicans are likely to block it when it comes up for a vote next week.
The $3.5 trillion social welfare and climate bill is stalled by protests from Democratic censors. Joe Manchin and Kirsten Cinema. The razor-thin majority of Democrats in the Senate could block either bill.
Reuters contributed to this report.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times