Congress

Democrats May Finally Vote On Big Spending Bills

SK Ashby
Written by SK Ashby

The situation remains fluid, but congressional Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives have tentatively schedule a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure spending bill and the larger reconciliation spending bill as soon as today and possibly over the weekend or next week.

Leaders had initially planned to vote today, but moderate Democrats in the House demanded to see a score of the legislation from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) before holding a vote.

The CBO is not expected to finish their report today and that means a vote could slip into the weekend.

House floor proceedings ground to a halt on Friday morning, as moderate House Democrats, who have demanded a bill analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi behind closed doors.

Asked when the votes would occur, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters, "We're working on it." He added that a CBO report on the $1.75 trillion bill would not be done by Friday.

Moderate Democratic Representative Kurt Schrader acknowledged that some involved in the discussion had “a different view of how to get it done."

They disagree on "how to get it done," not whether or not it will be done.

Whatever the case may be -- whether a vote occurs today or tomorrow or even next week -- this won't be the end of the story for the reconciliation bill which will still have to be confirmed by the Senate and the likes of Joe Manchin.

With that said, it will be the end of the story for the bipartisan infrastructure spending bill. The $1 trillion bill, which includes almost $600 billion in new spending, already cleared the Senate months ago and final passage in the House will send it to President Biden's desk.

Recent events have been messy for the Democratic party, to say the least, but I'm pretty confident no one will be talking about it a month from now; much less six months from now. The cyclical nature of the news cycle and short-term memories mean nothing stays current for very long, but legislation can make a difference for years to come.