US House Democrats face a test of unity over Joe Biden spending plans

WASHINGTON: Democrats faced a test of unity in the US House of Representatives on Monday as they began work on two ambitious spending plans that would devote trillions of dollars to transportation infrastructure and social programs.
While centrist Democrats are eager to pass the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which has already gained approval in the Senate, liberals say they should prioritize the $3.5 trillion budget blueprint that is spent on child care and education. will expand. Both measures are priorities for Democratic President Joe Biden.
The first test will take place on Monday evening when the House is set to vote on a package that would move spending bills as well as a separate voting rights motion.
This will clear the way for the final vote on Tuesday on the budget plan and the Voting Rights Bill, but will not set a deadline for passing the infrastructure bill.
Nine moderates who have been pushing for the House to pass the infrastructure bill first have threatened to vote against the package. This could potentially worsen it in the House, where Democrats have a 220-212 majority.
“We have a standoff with some of our allies who have decided to hold the infrastructure bill hostage for months, or eliminate it altogether,” he wrote in the Washington Post on Monday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has sided with liberals, who worry they could lose out on the social spending effort if they pass the infrastructure bill first. She wants the House to complete work on both the bills by October 1.
“Any delay in passing the budget resolution threatens the timetable to deliver the historic progress and transformational vision that Democrats share,” Pelosi wrote to fellow Democrats on Saturday.
No Republicans are expected to support the budget resolution plan, which sets a broad framework for spending on education, childcare, health care and climate measures backed by Biden and with tax increases on the wealthy and corporations to their advantage. pays for.
Importantly, the budget resolution plan would allow Democrats to pass spending measures on a simple majority vote in the Senate instead of the 60 votes required by most legislation in that house.
The Senate is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats. However, Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris has the power to cast tie-breaking votes.

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