Despite Manchin’s objections, Pelosi pushes for a vote on the Biden bill.
Despite moderates echoing Senator Joe Manchin’s complaint about not knowing the full cost and economic impact, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to move forward with plans to vote this week on the two bills that make up President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.
None of the centrist Democrats have threatened to block a vote on Biden’s $1.75 trillion tax and spending plan, which is the centrepiece of his agenda. It was yet another sign that Pelosi, Biden, and other Democratic leaders haven’t completely sealed the deal to pass the bill.
Before attending the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Pelosi is focused on the House voting on the tax and spending proposal, as well as a separate $550 billion public works bill, according to Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth. Pelosi’s office hasn’t said when she’ll be attending the summit, which runs until November 12.
“We’re on course to pass our bill,” Pelosi said Monday night of the larger package, which includes tax increases to fund climate and social spending.
Jim McGovern, the chairman of the Rules Committee, said his panel would likely meet on Wednesday to set the parameters for floor debate on the tax and spending bill.
However, comments from some House moderates cast doubt on the bill’s ability to pass in a chamber where Democrats can only afford three votes lost.