US Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) returns to a basement office meeting with other senators including Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Jon Tester (D-MT), Tim Kaine (D- VA) and Angus King (I-ME), (not pictured) at the United States Capitol in Washington, December 15, 2021.
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chairperson Joe BidenIts top priority is in limbo.
Senate Democrats have conceded that they will not try to pass the $1.75 trillion climate and social policy bill approved by the House this year. In the meantime, they will have to deal with a protracted series of disputes that have plagued the party for months.
On Friday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Biden “asked for more time to continue negotiating” on the plan, “so we’ll continue to work with him to get this bill back on track” destination.” New York Democrats wanted to pass the law before Christmas.
Biden said on Thursday night that a vote would not take place until January at the earliest. He said Democrats will “push this work forward together in the days and weeks ahead,” and that he and Schumer are “determined to get this successful bill on the floor as soon as possible.”
Many Democrats see the legislation as key to boosting working families and showing voters they can rule before the 2022 midterm. But to remove this top priority from the list. their own, they need to address the following outstanding issues:
- The party failed to win over Senator Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat from West Virginia. In the 50-50 Senate, he can sink the bill on his own, because every Republican opposes it.
- Manchin, who has pushed Democrats to cut the bill’s price tag in half to $1.75 trillion, has expressed concerns about spending and inflation. The senator has denied reports that he opposes a one-year extension of the enhanced child tax credit – an item in the House-passed bill that Democrats see as very important. important for reducing child poverty. The enhanced child tax credit passed earlier this year will expire at the end of the month.
- Manchin has criticized his party for using 10-year revenue-enhancing measures to fund a range of programs that in some cases last only a few years or less. Changes to that structure can require a lot of rewriting of invoices. Biden and Manchin held talks this week on the matter, and the president said on Thursday that those discussions would continue next week.
- Merely appeasing Manchin won’t get the job done for Democrats, who also need to keep center-right Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona happy. She supports Manchin’s cleaner energy programs and opposes increasing corporate tax rates.
- If the Senate makes any changes to the bill, the legislation will have to go back to the House for another vote. That could be a problem if progressive companies feel that too many concessions have been made to Manchin and Sinema. Speaker Nancy Pelosi can only afford to lose three Democratic votes.
- The Senate congressman, the rule and order expert, must also make the final judgment on what Democrats can include in their bill under the budget adjustment process, allowing them to bypass the GOP objections to the plan. The party took a step back on Thursday when the MP ruled it could not include limited legal protections for millions of undocumented immigrants in the bill. In a joint statement Thursday, Schumer and five other Democratic senators said they would “pursue every means to achieve citizenship under the Better Rebuilding Act.”
- Democrats still have to compromise on state and local tax deductions. The House raised the limit on those deductions to $80,000 from $10,000 as part of the bill’s version. Senator Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., among others, has sought to amend the policy, which will now disproportionately benefit wealthy taxpayers.
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