Democrats hope for House budget votes as early as Tuesday

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic leaders were hoping for House votes as early as Tuesday on the two pillars of President Joe Biden’s national agenda, two Democrats said on Saturday, as the party launched its latest attempt to push through long-running legislation delayed in Congress.

Top Democrats would like a final compromise between the House and Senate on Biden’s 10-year social and environmental front, now $ 1.75 trillion, drafted by Sunday, Democrats said. Talks between White House, House and Senate officials took place over the weekend, said Democrats, who described the plans on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak officially.

A deal could pave the way for the House to pass this bill and a separate $ 1 trillion fundraising measure for roads, railways and other infrastructure projects, Democrats said.

It is still not clear whether the ambitious timetable can be met. To wipe out the Senate, any deal would need the support of the Democratic centrists. Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, who forced Biden to withdraw from his previous plan for a $ 3.5 trillion social and environmental bill and cut some initiatives. of the measure.

The Senate approved the infrastructure measure in August on a bipartisan vote. House progressives have hijacked this bill in an attempt to pressure moderates to support the broader social and environmental bill.

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