Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to the media after the Senate Democratic Policy Luncheon on Capitol Hill on June 22, 2021 in Washington.
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday that the Senate could work in its August recess to pass both a bipartisan infrastructure plan and a budget proposal that would allow Democrats to implement several priorities without Republican support. will allow.
In a letter to his caucus, the New York Democrat said senators are working with the White House to turn $1.2 trillion worth of infrastructure projects into law. The Senate Budget Committee is also preparing a measure that would allow Democrats to pass a massive child care, health care and climate policy plan without a GOP vote.
“My intention for this working period is for the Senate to consider both a bipartisan infrastructure law and a budget proposal with conciliation directions, the first step in passing legislation through the conciliation process,” Schumer said of the chamber’s Washington return. wrote further. Week.
“Please be advised that time is of the essence and we have a lot of work to do. Senators should be prepared for long nights, weekends, and the prospect of working the already scheduled August state work period in Washington.” to continue.
The Senate is scheduled to leave Washington from August 9 to September 10.
Coming weeks will shape the agenda Democratic leaders President Joe Biden, Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can pass before next year’s midterm elections. They aim to create a strong social safety net, cushion the blow to the coronavirus economy and lay the groundwork for curbing climate change.
Democratic leaders must balance competing interests within their party to push both major proposals through Congress. Some liberals have criticized the lack of funding in a bipartisan plan to address the climate crisis and the transition to green energy. Some centrist Democrats, led by Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, have questioned the trillions of dollars spent on the Democrat-only bill.
The Senate may not lose a single vote on a reconciliation bill in the Senate divided by the Democrats party 50-50. Pelosi, a Democrat from California, also has to win a slim majority in the House.
Pelosi reiterated on Thursday that she wants the Senate to pass both the infrastructure plan and the budget reconciliation measure before any motions come to the House.
“I’ve said that I can’t really take reconciliation, unless we look at infrastructure and — until we see infrastructure and reconciliation addressed by the Senate, can’t take infrastructure.”
Eleven Republican senators have supported the bipartisan plan, enough to pass it if all Democrats join the board. However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. has not yet supported the framework.
Nearly two dozen business and labor groups backed the infrastructure proposal on Thursday, potentially boosting it as the Senate tries to bring it to a vote. Organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO, said they “urge Congress to turn this framework into law, which will be signed into law,” saying they are “to help see this cross the finish line.” Committed to.”
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