House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds her weekly press conference with reporters from Capitol Hill at the Capitol in Washington on July 22, 2021.
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The House of Representatives canceled a scheduled vote Monday to move forward two major economic proposals as Democratic Democrats and center party leaders failed to break a stalemate on how to proceed with President Joe Biden’s sprawling economic agenda.
The chamber will meet again on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET as Democrats seek to reach an agreement to advance legislation they see as an economic boon and lifeline for households. Biden’s domestic goals – and even his party’s urge to maintain control of Congress in next year’s midterm elections – may depend on whether the Democrats find a compromise.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi has pushed for a bipartisan $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill and her party’s $ 3.5 trillion separate spending plan to be passed at the same time. The process could take months as the House of Representatives, along with the Senate, must pass a budget resolution before lawmakers can draft a final proposal.
Nine members of Pelosis Caucus urged the California Democrats to approve the Senate-approved infrastructure bill this week and send it to Biden’s desk. Pelosi wants to pair the bills to ensure the centrists, who are priced at $ 3.5 trillion, and the progressives, who think the infrastructure plan is inadequate, support both measures.
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Democratic leaders have a tiny margin of error in trying to get their social safety net plan through without a Republican vote. They must win all 50 members of their Senate faction and all but three Democrats in the House of Representatives.
In a letter over the weekend, Pelosi told Democrats that she intended to pass both the Infrastructure Bill and the Democrats’ spending plan before October 1.
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