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Nancy Pelosi hints that House will not vote on $3.5 trillion proposal unless Senate passage is certain
The Democratic Party in Washington faces a challenge that could put their majority in both the House and the Senate at stake in the 2022 midterms. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently hinted that the House would not vote on the $3.5 trillion budget resolution unless Senate passage is guaranteed.
Pelosi recently hinted to her colleagues in both the House and the Senate that there will not be a vote on the $3.5 trillion budget resolution in the House unless the Senate is guaranteed to pass the bill. Some Democrats are already calling for the bill to be passed onto the Senate despite two Democratic lawmakers, Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, have yet to publicly back the bill. Both lawmakers have publicly opposed the bill but did not say how much they were willing to spend for the budget resolution.
The Democratic House Speaker is looking to make sure that the House, the Senate, and the White House are all on the same page before scheduling a vote on the proposal. The massive $3.5 trillion bill would be placed into social programs over ten years, a part of US President Joe Biden’s agenda.
“Everybody’s focus here is to try and get a White House-Senate-House agreement. That is what all the energy is going into,” a Democratic aide told The Hill. “What we are trying to do is pre-conference the bill so that something that comes to the floor is the pre-conferenced agreement.”
This would put Pelosi in a bind as she has previously promised centrist House Democrats that a vote on the $1.2 bipartisan infrastructure proposal would already take place on September 27. Pelosi had also previously informed the caucus in a “Dear Colleague” letter that the House will not vote on a reconciliation bill that would have a price tag higher than the top-line being accepted by Manchin and Sinema.
In other news, Pelosi also met with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week during his visit to the US for the UN General Assembly along with his one-on-one meeting with Biden. Johnson visited the Capitol and praised the US government for being an example of good democracy. Johnson also assured that the UK would remain an ally to the US in his remarks before the press.