The House Budget Committee is expected to vote on the individual components of the massive tax and spending bill, which would expand education, health care and childcare support, address the climate crisis and make further investments in infrastructure.
The House Budget committee cannot change what the other committees have already voted to approve, but the vote is a necessary step for the bill to go to the House Rules Committee or to the floor, where it can be amended.
“I don’t think the speaker is going to bring a bill to the floor that’s going to fail,” Jayapal said. “What we need is to take the temperature down a little bit …. The vote is going to drive up tensions not drive down tensions.”
But moderate Democrats met with House Democratic leaders in Pelosi’s office on Friday afternoon, and afterward they said they expected the vote on the Senate’s infrastructure bill to happen on Monday.
“I’m bringing the bill to the floor on Monday,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told CNN.
Hoyer also said Pelosi is “working towards” getting the party’s economic bill on the floor by next week, even as there are major differences within their party to resolve. “Both bills are going to pass,” he said.
New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a lead moderate negotiator, would not say if he would vote against the $3.5 trillion measure if the infrastructure bill doesn’t get a vote on Monday as promised.
“I’m not going to answer that,” he said. “I’ve got work to do and we have more work to do all weekend.”
Democrats are scrambling to strike a deal while facing a series of deadlines this fall. Congress must also pass legislation by September 30 to fund the federal government and by mid-October to raise the debt ceiling in order to pay the country’s bills.
CNN’s Tami Luhby, Katie Lobosco and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.Source link