It ain’t gonna happen….
And it’s not just the Republicans that will making the cuts…….
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her Democratic colleagues on Monday that they should brace for “adjustments” to theto fit the Senate’s constraints for the budget process lawmakers are using to fast-track the legislation through Congress.
Democratic-led House committees completed work last week on their respective portions of the sweeping $3.5 trillion plan, which is a cornerstone of President Biden’s economic agenda. But Pelosi warned her fellow Democrats that the package could be trimmed to ensure it clears both the House and Senate.
“The president and Senate Democrats sent us a budget resolution with a cap of $3.5 trillion. I have promised that we would not have House members vote for a bill with a higher topline than would be passed by the Senate. Hopefully that will be at the $3.5 trillion number,” the California Democrat said. “We must be prepared for adjustments according to the Byrd rule and an agreed to number.”…
As they work to deliver Mr. Biden a massive legislative victory, Pelosi and Democratic leaders are navigating competing factions of their party, who are at odds over the size of the wide-ranging plan and the sequencing of it and the more narrow $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.
In the Senate, two key Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, have taken issue with the $3.5 trillion price tag and want to see it scaled down. Their support is crucial in order for the upper chamber to clear the package.
In the House, progressive Democrats are threatening to tank the bipartisan infrastructure bill if the larger legislation doesn’t pass first. But moderate Democratsfrom Pelosi last month for the House to take up the infrastructure measure by September 27….
Things ARE getting rough….
Biden’s poll numbers are NOT helping either….
Sen Manchin seems to have the horse by the nose….
Not Biden, Pelosi or Schumer….
“If any member of Congress is not concerned that this could fall apart, they need treatment,” said Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), who warned his party “will pay for it at the polls” if it fails in enacting Biden’s agenda. “Our caucus has the feeling of freedom to support or oppose leadership.”
Those headwinds threaten to sap the momentum from this summer, when Biden clinched a bipartisan infrastructure deal in the Senate and found support from all corners of his party for a budget setting up his sweeping spending bill. Now, Manchin is calling for a pause, moderates are resisting key components of the legislation and a new fiscal fight over the debt limit is heating up.