This Monday begins a crucial week in the President’s agenda Joe Biden, where the Democratic leadership will have to fine-tune its $3.5 trillion package to win some members of Congress into the party and work with Republicans to quickly pass legislation to avoid shutdown of the federal government due to lack of funds.
vote for A two-party infrastructure package For $1 trillion, it was scheduled for Monday but has been pushed back until Thursday, in the midst of ongoing negotiations.
“Do you want me to be honest?” “It’s going to be a week of hell,” Michigan Democratic Representative Debbie Dingell asked on a show with CNN on Sunday.
The Senate had set a procedural vote next Monday on government funding that has already been approved in House of Representatives in order to avoid non-payment Federal debt before the Thursday deadline to close the fiscal year. Majority Leader in the Senate, Chuck SchumerThe vote has not yet been decided.
As envisaged, which includes an increase in the so-called “ceiling” of debt, the ambitious package will likely face a blockade by Republican senators, forcing members of Congress to return to try it this week in a race against time.
The problem is that the file Biden’s agenda It is hanging by a thread and could unravel, if the president and key Democratic leaders cannot implement a project that includes raised tax and expenditure priorities, the highest in decades.
Over the weekend, Biden spoke in person with lawmakers about how to proceed, according to a White House official who requested anonymity to discuss the private conversations, the Associated Press said.
Biden, Pelosi and Schumer are in deep negotiations over the president’s broader proposal, targeting key senators and some House members who have so far rejected the $3.5 trillion and tax increases on taxes, paying corporations and the wealthy for it.
The plan calls for the expansion of existing health, education, and childcare programs for Americans young and old, along with new federal efforts to curb climate change. To pass, 60 votes are needed and Democrats only have 50.
Republicans vehemently oppose Biden’s proposal, which would be paid for by raising the corporate tax rate, from 21% to 26.5% for those who make more than $5 million a year, and raising the maximum rate for individuals. 37% to 39.6% for those who earn more than $400,000 a year, or $450,000 for married couples.
Democrats are shy about what they will do, although they acknowledge that a government shutdown or debt default would be politically unsustainable.
But Durbin does not rule out agreeing to the GOP’s demands to remove the debt ceiling increase from negotiations, and added: “We’ll see.” “We don’t want a default,” he added, referring to the real possibility of default.
Republican advisors cited by CNN hope that the government funding bill, without the debt ceiling, will pass the Senate very quickly and before the shutdown deadline.
The pressures of internal democracy
Although the main stumbling block is the Senate vote, Biden’s bills have also opened up strife within the House Democratic Party, between representatives of the centrist and progressive factions.
Pelosi sent her colleagues on Sunday night, postponing the vote to Thursday, warning that this is also a deadline for transportation programs related to the infrastructure bill.
Rep. Josh Gotheimer, a New Jersey Democrat who led a group of House moderates to secure a vote on the thinnest infrastructure bill, said Sunday that he wouldn’t bother with a slight delay. He expressed optimism that both projects could be resolved this week.
The Democrats who disagree with the plan are Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kirsten Sinema of Arizona.
Manchin previously suggested spending between $1 trillion and $1.5 trillion.
When asked Sunday on ABC if she agreed that the final figure in the so-called reconciliation bill would be “somewhat less” than $3.5 trillion, Pelosi replied, “That seems obvious.”
“We’ll see how the number is reduced and what we need,” he added. “I think even those who want less character support the president’s vision, and that’s really transformative.”
His comments reflected the scale of the stakes next week, which could shape the Biden presidency and shape the political lines for next year’s midterm elections.