With Republicans unanimously opposed, Democrats are pushing social policy and climate action through Congress through a special process known as reconciliation that shields budget legislation from obstruction and allows it to pass a simple majority. . But Democrats need the votes of each of their senators to pass the bill.
This means that senators are likely to amend the social policy bill, which has heightened concerns in the House. Ms Pelosi had promised swing-district Democrats that she would not get them to vote for politically difficult provisions that would not pass the Senate; but on Thursday she was asking them to do just that. Immigration measures are likely to be changed or removed altogether after the Senate parliamentarian, who enforces strict reconciliation rules, rejects much broader proposals for a path to citizenship.
Supporters of the measures demanded their inclusion.
“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” said Representative Jimmy Gomez, Democrat of California, of the fate of Senate immigration measures. âThe important thing is that they are in it when they leaveâ the house.
Then there was the question of understanding what was in the bill. In a letter this week, five Democrats – including Reps Stephanie Murphy of Florida and Jared Golden of Maine, as well as Mr Gottheimer – urged Ms Pelosi to give them at least 72 hours to review the text of the policy bill. social and wait for a full congressional marker analysis confirming that the bill has been fully paid.
“What I would like to do is be a reasonable legislator and understand the full context of the bill, as well as how much it is going to cost taxpayers,” Murphy said Thursday.
She told reporters negotiators were still reviewing the immigration provision, a plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs and a push led by Democrats in the Northeast to raise a cap of 10 $ 000 on the amount people can deduct in state and local taxes. On Thursday night, a 10-year $ 72,500 deduction cap that lawmakers believed had been accepted was raised to $ 80,000 over nine years, with a supposed return to $ 10,000 in the 10th year, apparently bringing in $ 14 billion. dollars for the bottom line of the bill.
The Joint Committee on Taxation released its report on Thursday, estimating that the tax increases in the bill would bring in about $ 1.5 trillion over a decade. But a separate non-partisan agency, the Congressional Budget Office, had yet to release a formal analysis of how much the bill would spend or of the revenue generated by other proposals, including a plan to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and to strengthen the IRS’s ability to collect unpaid taxes.