After a day of negotiations, setbacks and delays, House Democratic leaders are expected to vote on a $ 1 trillion package of road and other infrastructure projects on Friday night.
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Earlier in the day, leading Democrats abruptly postponed Friday’s expected House vote on a 10-year $ 1.85 trillion social and environmental measure, as leaders’ long struggle to balance the demands of progressive and moderate parties once again haunted the core of the domestic agenda. President Joe Biden’s Day. …
In an effort to secure the victory he needed, leaders prepared to try to push the accompanying infrastructure law through the camera and onto his desk.
As lawmakers are about to leave the city for a week’s hiatus, skewed legislative plans are casting a shadow over the party, which has struggled for weeks unsuccessfully to find a middle ground in its massive package of health, education, family and climate change initiatives. This was difficult, in part because the small majority of Democrats means they need the support of every Democrat in the Senate and can have no more than three defectors in the House.
Party leaders in Congress were hoping for House approval for both the measure and the infrastructure bill on Friday. That would result in a double win for the president and the party looking to recover from this week’s depressing out-of-the-year elections and show they can rule.
This is an evolving story and will be updated.