Posted in: 01/10/2021 – 05:58
The leader of the Democratic majority in the US House of Representatives announced that the vote that was scheduled to take place Thursday evening to approve President Joe Biden’s huge investment plan to develop the country’s infrastructure has been postponed due to the continuing disagreement between the left and moderate wings of the Democratic Party over this plan.
Rep. Steny Hoyer said in a statement, “He informs lawmakers that there will be no vote tonight,” noting that the hearing was adjourned until Friday morning to make room for ongoing negotiations to reconcile the two wings of the Democratic Party on this $1.2 trillion plan and the social reform bill. The big one prepared by President Biden.
The postponement of the vote on this plan is a setback for Biden.
Commenting on Hoyer’s statement, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, “A lot of progress has been made this week, and we’re closer than ever to an agreement, but we haven’t got it yet, so we need more time to get the job done.”
The two bills that Biden is trying to get Congress to pass include massive infrastructure investment ($1.2 trillion) and social spending ($3.5 trillion).
Biden made the approval of these two huge projects an essential part of his term. But their approval clashed in Congress between Biden’s Democratic allies, as the more left-wing members are pushing for the passage of the two texts simultaneously, while the more moderate members want the infrastructure bill to be voted first, which enjoys greater support as it provides for investments in projects productive, and to take more time to study and approve the social spending package.
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