WASHINGTON (AP) – Leading Democrats abruptly postponed an expected vote in the House of Representatives on Friday over a 10-year $ 1.85 trillion social and environmental event as leaders’ long struggle to balance the demands of progressive and moderate parties has once again haunted a pillar of the president’s domestic agenda Joe Biden. …
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Seeking to give him the victory he needs, the leaders prepared to try to push an accompanying $ 1 trillion package of road and other infrastructure projects through the hall and to 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.