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Schumer, Democrats Face Uphill Battle Over Biden’s Signature Spending Bill

AMAC Exclusive – By Shane Harris

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On Friday, the Senate voted 69-28 to pass a stopgap spending bill and avoid a government shutdown – at least until February 18. But as Members headed home for the weekend, they could hardly have felt any real sense of relief. Despite avoiding one disaster, Congress must still address the debt ceiling, as Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said the government could hit its borrowing limit as soon as December 15, and the Senate must also reach an agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act – the bill that funds the military – before the end of the year. The biggest looming legislative battle, however, is undoubtedly the one over Biden’s multi trillion-dollar spending package, dubiously titled the “Build Back Better Act” (BBB).

The House passed its version of the BBB on November 19 with an official price tag of $1.75 trillion (although outside groups have warned that the actual cost could rise to as much as $5 trillion). Every Republican and one Democrat, Rep. Jared Golden of Maine, voted against the bill. In one final act of defiance, Republican leader Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor for more than eight hours in order to delay passage of the bill. (Interestingly, in doing so, McCarthy broke current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s own record for longest floor speech.)

The House’s vote on the bill came after months of delay that left many progressives in both chambers grumbling about both the speed of the deliberations and the overall size of the package. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said early in the negotiations that $3.5 trillion “should be a minimum,” and House Progressive Caucus chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) had said that a $1.5 trillion figure floated by Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was “too small to get our priorities in.”

However, despite the lower price tag, House progressives have nonetheless managed to cram an astounding number of their left-wing wish list into the bill. It includes a massive expansion of the welfare state, which conservatives say would create a “cradle to grave” dependency on the federal government. It also includes $550 billion in “climate initiatives” (while only $3 billion in pandemic preparedness), hundreds of millions of dollars in funding for “equity” programs, and amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants, among other provisions.

In addition to warning what the bill would do to the social fabric of the country, Republicans have raised concerns that the spending plan would worsen already record-high inflation and would exacerbate worker shortages through the massive expansions of government welfare outlined in the bill. According to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office, the plan would increase the deficit by $367 billion over 10 years—and the true number is almost certain much higher.

As debate begins in the Senate, the ultimate fate of the BBB will likely hinge on Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), the two ostensibly moderate Democrats in the chamber. While Chuck Schumer bears the title of Senate Majority Leader, the reality inside the Capitol is that nothing happens in a 50-50 Senate without the approval of “Sinemanchin” as some have begun referring to the all-important voting bloc. Both Senators have indicated that passage of the bill will likely have to wait until after Christmas, something that will undoubtedly only further enrage progressives who have made Sinemanchin the target of their ire. Such a delay would also run up against Chuck Schumer’s promise to have the bill on Biden’s desk before the end of the year, a goal that looks increasingly unrealistic with each passing day.

Specifically, Manchin has raised concerns about including a paid leave program in the bill, as well as the proposed expansions to Medicare. He has also opposed Green New Deal-type environmental policies in the bill like a methane fee that would likely devastate the energy industry in his home state of West Virginia. Sinema is also reportedly opposed to the methane fee, which would threaten oil and gas jobs in her home state of Arizona.

But while the far left may direct all their rage at Manchin and Sinema for not submitting to the radical progressive agenda, the bill faces other procedural hurdles as well. Under Senate rules, the bill must comply with what is known as the “Byrd rule,” which outlines what can and cannot be included in budget bills. The Senate parliamentarian, who is in charge of determining if a bill complies with the Byrd rule, has indicated that provisions like mass amnesty may run afoul of the rule.

In short, even if Senate Democrats can agree on what should be in the bill – which at this point is far from a certainty – Senate rules may prevent Democrats from including many of the more radical provisions in the House bill. While Democrats could simply vote to ignore the rules and pass the bill anyway, such a blatant power grab and break with decades of precedent is unlikely to earn approval from Sinema and Manchin.

Regardless of the internal dynamics at play, the stakes could not be higher for both sides heading into the push for final passage. After a turbulent first year, Biden and Congressional Democrats believe they desperately need a win to try and right the ship ahead of the 2022 midterms. That desperation may only increase pressure from far-left voices on Democrats to do things like eliminate the filibuster in order to ram through progressive policies. Republicans are similarly dead set on preventing passage of the bill at all costs. Although Republicans would undoubtedly like to kill the entire bill, they have already achieved minor successes by forcing Democrats to back down from some of the more outlandish provisions in earlier iterations.

After a year of exhausting legislative battles, the biggest one may now be just beginning.


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Lee S McQuillen
1 month ago

One can only hope that the Republicans who were traitors in other recent legislation will stand up as a whole against this horribly expensive and destructive legislation. Thank goodness there are at least two democrats with a good head on their shoulders – I hope it stays that way!!

Hal
1 month ago

Uphill battle??? Analogically on a level of climbing to the top of Mt Everest in the winter wearing a two piece bathing suit!!!!

Karen
1 month ago

Still waiting for the coup.

BwaHa
1 month ago

That biden “Spend Everything” bill is not good for America!

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!

PFArizona
1 month ago

And don’t forget that the BBB (BETTER BEFORE BIDEN) Bill also has Union Federalization and elimination of the Right To Work laws in 27 States. And thank goodness for Manchin and Sinema for realizing that issues in this bill do not represent their constituents. (And Mark Kelly is a liberal puppet who favors more government control).

Art
1 month ago

Love the picture for the article. Moe,Larry,Curly,and Shemp all together.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Art

Yeah …. and a bit insulting to Moe, Larry, Curly, and Shemp!!!

PIDL
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

They had better business minds than our current administration!

Sean Richman
1 month ago

DUH,wake the”H”up liberal,socialist democRATS.

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago

Regarding RINO’s –
The John Birch Society has a regular report on how Constitutional our “officials” vote on all legislation. You’d be disgusting to learn how Constitutional your “man in DC” is giving away the farm.
I strongly recommend all to join JBS.org. Let us FACE the FACTS.

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago

What “they” will never do – shut down scores of departments that drain tax dollars and hinder America. The 2 DOE’s should be the first. FBI ? Abolished. States can take care of their own law enforcement. The FBI is now the KGB. We get involved in foreign wars which Washington warned America against. So much grab, greed and corruption in all branches of government. I have seen it take place first hand.

Hal
1 month ago

I guess the Democraps that titled the bill didn’t realize that most American will think the BBB interpreted as the Biden Bust Bill? But in not too long a time, it will become apparent. For one thing the Democraps will likely try to hide the inflation by raising tax rates on businesses and high dollar will amounts. The BBB is not free … and in time Americans will so see! In the end Americans will pay for the increase and the lower income class will pay the most percentage-wise.

PIDL
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

Yes. They are denying inflation is causing prices to go up. They come up with all kinds of excuses. And with this BBB bill, they will only increase the rate of printing money, fueling inflation.

Michael l Javick Ret US Army
1 month ago

An excellent and sobering assessment of the further disaster that is awaiting AmeriKa. The GOP better grow a pair, quickly !

Gene
1 month ago

da sooner da better far to many Rhino’s in the party mid term needs to cull the flock and they better get ready to RUMBLE this will be a knock down drag out fight if the Dims can’t pull off another ballot harvesting under the table trick!

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Gene

RINOs — Republicans In Name Only <<<<>>>> Rhinos — Republicans Hanging in Name Only. Either way they better get their thinking in order … or the second format will be more fitting format with future voters.

Myrna
1 month ago

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote to voters that she is frustrated because the BBB has not even been discussed. She must think if she could just fix it up, she could sign it. I hope she has to stand for re-election first. Alaskans have to send a better senator who can vote this down.

Michael l Javick Ret US Army
1 month ago
Reply to  Myrna

She got in ‘cuz the polar bears illegally voted..

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Myrna

Lisa will sleep better when she realizes that she is not in the “club” of Democrap politicos that are really in charge of the bunch that really run the Democrap Commune.

RC100
1 month ago

I saw this recently. It sure fits almost all Democrats, and too many Republicans.

Politics the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly then applying the wrong remedies.

M.J.
1 month ago

I’ve never heard of a “Strong”Country, like the United States, cow-towing to a foreign country so they could give up all their freedoms.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  M.J.

Hmm. IN recent decades, Democrats have been cow-towing to whatever foreign government will benefit the Democrap Party, them personally, or their family personally. Joe Hidin’ China/Ukraine Biden and Badcrook Irani Obummer were clear examples of this.

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago

Any bill that is 2500 pages long is RIDICULOUS! When we retake the House and Senate, we need to make a rule that NO bill can be more than 100 pages long. Then these dolts will be able to actually read what’s in the bill BEFORE they vote on it!

Gene
1 month ago

AMEN fool me once( obama care) shame on you fool me twice shame on me and the RHINO’s

Judy
1 month ago

Manchin has a conscience. Like Sinema and Manchin, moral conviction controls in general their ability to make decisions which affects others. Our government is infested with self serving people who are demon possessed. Some here say they are mentally ill, and I believe that is true also. Without God in a society the Devil rules. It is obvious from all that we see and hear on Social Media and the news, if we can still call it that. As a country, we need to get back to basics. That means first getting back to God who teaches us about exactly who we are in this world. He’s told us that we are covetous, self willed, worship idols, proud, boasters, and haters of God. Now if that’s not the first place we should start in getting things back on track, I don’t know what is. We have a ‘sin nature’ and as Christian’s it’s a constant battle between the flesh and the Spirit. God is the only answer to our struggles. I sure hope it’s not too late, so much damage has been done already. What it takes from us is commitment and discipline. If the Democrats, which I detest calling them that, are so committed and disciplined as a party in destroying this nation, why shouldn’t we as believers be too, to defeat them? Hypocrites are another topic Jesus taught us about. Everything we can learn about ourselves is in the ‘Living Word of God.’ That’s why it’s called the Living Word. May God save us from this untoward generation and heal our land.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Judy

I’m not so sure you aren’t too generaous about Manchin. I think it more likely that he is reading the ethos of the Nation and WV and is being very cautious not to go too far out on the limb publicly with the Democraps.

Rex
1 month ago

Lovely!!! I hope it’s a climb as high as Everest and without oxygen! The next blue wave will be the party hacks cramming the exits! Brandon says hi.

MariaRose
1 month ago

My question is how long are we going to allow Congress to continue to not create a viable budget. You would think that all government workers would demand this since it is their jobs and their paychecks that get stopped when a government shutdown occurs. All Congress keeps doing is passing the Buck further down the road. How many more times/years are we going to allow this lack of actuality to continue.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago
Reply to  MariaRose

They always get their back pay,just as soon as Congress gets cranked up again. Kyle L.

Becky
1 month ago

These Communist Bills by the Communist Party are MEANT to break America. Anyone who signs either of these needs their citizenship revoked and deported to a Communist country, of our choosing.
Bankrupting a country, especially by flooding it with foreigners, is a well-established Communist technique to ruin a western nation and establish it as Communist.
That makes these bills Seditious, along with its authors and supporters.

Eddie Van Halen
1 month ago
Reply to  Becky

Yes, ( D ) stands for communism. Period.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

More Dem division the Better Hooray Yes

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