The next date circled in red for Democrats working on President Joe Biden‘s $ 1.9 trillion economic plan is February 16, the deadline for Congressional committees to produce legislation to convert the proposal. in law. “Next week, we will write the legislation to create a path toward final approval of Biden’s American Rescue Plan so that we can finish our work before the end of February,” wrote House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. , in a letter to his fellow Democrats. Friday.
The letter arrived before the expected approval of the House later in the day of the budget resolution passed by the Senate on Friday morning with a vote of 51 to 50, after a long night of discussions on amendments called “vote-“. a-branch “. The budget resolution instructs various congressional committees to develop legislative language to meet the goals set out in the resolution. That text expires on February 16 and once consolidated into a single bill, it will be voted on by the House and the Senate. That reconciliation bill will be immune to the filibuster requirement of getting 60 votes to advance and can be passed in the Senate with just 51 votes. While the procedural path is clear, there are a number of obstacles that could easily trip Democrats, not least the near-unanimous Republican opposition. Another is the fragile nature of his coalition, which ranges from liberal Senator Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and pastor of the final Senate bill, to Senator Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia. Manchin has said he wants the final package to be bipartisan and that he will not vote for provisions that would violate the so-called Byrd rule, which limits what can be included in a reconciliation bill. In the House, a group of moderate Democrats called Blue Dogs has called for a stricter bill that only provides money to increase coronavirus vaccination efforts that will pass before the rest of the Biden plan. A bipartisan group called the Problem Solvers Caucus echoed his request, calling for a vote of $ 160 billion in vaccine money before the biggest bill. On the other end of the ideological spectrum, Democrats may face restless progressives, who have wanted more in direct payments to households and a boost in the minimum wage to be on the reconciliation bill. Budget experts doubt that a minimum wage increase can be worded in a way that complies with the Byrd rule, as Pelosi acknowledged Thursday at a weekly news conference. “It is not the last bill that we will pass. This is the rescue package, ”Pelosi said, adding that a separate“ recovery ”bill is planned for later in the year. “We are legislators. That is why we are here. That is what we do, so we are always preparing for the next legislation, ”he said.