Biden Wants Reconciliation Deal by Next Week

President Biden reiterated to House Democrats this week that he wants to secure a vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and have a “public agreement” on the multi-trillion-dollar reconciliation package before he travels to Europe on Oct. 30. Sources told Punchbowl News that Biden wants the topline for the reconciliation package to be… Read more »

Democrats Debating Cuts to Reconciliation Package

House and Senate Democratic leaders continued this week to hash out how to trim the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package to arrive at a plan in the $2 trillion range that can win unanimous Democratic support. In a letter to her caucus this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) acknowledged that “difficult decisions” must be… Read more »

White House Pushes Scaled-Back Reconciliation Package

The White House is reportedly urging congressional Democrats to scale back most of the items in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package to arrive at a plan in the $1.9 to $2.3 trillion range that can win unanimous Democratic support. President Biden has spent weeks attempting to mediate substantial differences between moderate and progressive Democrats… Read more »

Congress Passes Short-Term CR, Averts Shutdown

The House and Senate both passed a short-term spending bill today that will fund the government into early December, staving off a government shutdown. The Senate took the first steps this afternoon by passing a stopgap bill that sustains federal spending until Dec. 3 while providing billions of dollars for hurricane relief and to assist… Read more »

Democrats Scramble to Retool Reconciliation Package

With President Biden’s economic agenda on the verge of collapse, congressional Democrats are planning to work through the weekend to craft a budget reconciliation package that can pass both chambers. Biden spent most of yesterday attempting to resolve substantial differences between moderate and progressive Democrats on the size and scope of the proposed spending in… Read more »