Even as they closed in on their budget agreement, Senate Democrats knew that a deal between budget panel members would not guarantee support to their entire caucus. Biden’s appearance at her Wednesday lunch is intended to help things.
“The key is, we just have to get to a place where we know we all have 50 Dems,” said Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.). “We’re getting closer, but as you know, there are several steps to getting to some kind of general agreement … that’s not the same as getting to the bill itself back then.”
Democratic leaders are playing some scenarios to shell out the Beemoth single-party spending bill through its razor-thin majority in the House and Senate. Among the scenarios considered earlier this week were for House Democrats to first vote on the party’s budget plan, and to maintain the role of the lower house in a process that has been publicly driven by more senate, according to several democratic staff. By Wednesday, however, this approach seems less likely.
There is also the question of whether Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will put the bipartisan infrastructure bill – assuming a deal is reached – for a vote before the budget plan.
Schumer insisted that Democrats vote on the bipartisan physical infrastructure deal before they go on the August trip, while also starting the process for the party’s other priorities. Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, meanwhile, promised her chamber would not even consider the bipartisan infrastructure bill until the Senate passed not only its budget, but also the filibuster-proof legislation that the fiscal plan was designed to put in motion.
During his inaugural speech on Wednesday, Schumer acknowledged the $ 3.5 trillion deal but acknowledged “this is only the first step in the long road we must travel and must travel.”
The dizzying maneuvers as the times bill underline the high accents for Democratic leaders. One wrong step could alienate a vital faction of the party and jeopardize its chances of passing Biden’s next major legislative priority.
“It will be really difficult. It will take people who do not agree, but feel that they are voting for it, because it is the best thing for the country, “said Senator Jon Tester (D-Mont.) Of the effort for the bipartisan bill and Democrats to leave. Social spending package. “I’m glad I do not have Chuck’s job.”
While the Senate Budget Committee Democrats now have an agreement on a top-line number, they still have to release policy details. Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) said Tuesday before the agreement was reached that he wanted to see the package paid for in full. Sen. Mark Markner (D-Va.), A moderator in the Committee on Budgets, said on Tuesday evening that these criteria were met but did not have any specifics. A spokesman for Senator Kyrsten Sinema said the Arizona Democrat “carefully considers any idea that could strengthen Arizona’s economy and help Arizona families.”
Senate Democrats can not afford a single rejection of the upcoming mega-bill, while Pelosi can only lose three or four votes in her caucus.
Before this measure can move forward, Democrats must make a budget. Their problems start there.
Some House Progressives have said they would prefer a scenario in which they first vote on this resolution. But at least six House Centralists have agreed to support the opposite approach, saying they are prepared to block the budget overhaul altogether unless it clears the Senate first, according to a Democratic assistant close to the moderate wing.
Many are reluctant for what could be a hard vote without knowing what the Manchin is and accept cinema – and they are especially unwilling to cast it twice. Their biggest concern is that the party’s budget plan could change significantly in the Senate, where an all-night marathon of amendments could have unintended political consequences for vulnerable House Democrats, who are already fearing losing their majority.
But progressives in the House argue that they would first come to the same side after the Senate and House.
“It would not be like, ‘Here is our wish list, and maybe the Senate will vote for it or maybe not.’ It would be the agreement largely in place, “the rep said. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Who leads the Congress Progressive Caucus.
In interviews, Senate Democrats have expressed no preference for which House should vote on the party-line package first, saying they should focus on a full agreement instead – and a $ 3.5 trillion agreement on Tuesday night is just the first step towards.
“I always assumed we had to go first because it’s just a lot harder to get to 50, so from a practical point of view, it feels like the Senate has to go first, but I think I have no personal preference.” , said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.).
During a private caucus lunch Tuesday, Schumer said he told Democrats not to “draw lines in the sand”. ”
He will bear the brunt of the sale of landowners on a separate and bipartisan $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan, with significant assistance from Pelosi. That, too, depends on whether the five Republicans who negotiated the deal can secure soft support from others in the GOP, a challenge that largely depends on how the Congressional Budget Office counts the funding mechanism of the bill.
Importantly, the Democrats involved in the bipartisan talks were still short of a current bill, even though the Budget Committee Democrats celebrated their breakthrough on a top-line number. The bipartisan group, which is working on the $ 1 trillion infrastructure package, aims to resolve extraordinary issues among its members by Thursday. The tester, who helped negotiate the bipartisan agreement, said Tuesday that senators “are still not out of the woods.”
Burgess Everett, Andrew Desiderio and Nicholas Wu contributed to this report.