The Biden administration is gearing up to drop another massive spending package that would cost between $3-4 trillion according to a new report.
The package will be focusing on infrastructure, specifically climate change, inequality, inequity, and racism.
The New York Times reports:
Just how to approach the legislative strategy is still under discussion given the size of the proposal and the thin majority that Democrats hold in the House and the Senate.
Mr. Biden’s advisers plan to recommend that the effort be broken into pieces, with Congress tackling infrastructure before turning to a second package that would include more people-focused proposals, like free community college, universal prekindergarten and a national paid leave program.
Democrats have a solid chance at passing the controversial bill considering they will most likely scrap the 60-vote filibuster and pass the package without Republican support.
Check out what the Daily Wire reported:
Democrats will only have one more chance to use reconciliation this year and avoid a 60-vote filibuster that would force them to work with Republicans in the Senate. Breaking the package into multiple bills likely means Democrats would have to pass much tamer legislation or use the nuclear option on the Senate filibuster, a move being championed by many Democratic lawmakers.
Biden’s game plan for his infrastructure package contradicts his earlier claims against scrapping the 60-vote filibuster, Last week, the president said he supported a return to the “talking filibuster” which would force senators to hold the floor for hours to block a vote on a bill.
In the 50-50 Senate, Democratic moderates such as Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have protected the filibuster rule. Democratic Party leaders are looking to midterms to extend their slim majority and break the moderate blockade of the filibuster in the future. Ending the filibuster has become a “litmus test” for Democratic Senate candidates in 2022, according to Politico.
“I would be surprised if there’s anyone in any of these [competitive] states … that would support maintaining the filibuster,” said Democratic Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. “Getting rid of the filibuster is as close to a litmus test for our party as I can describe.”
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