Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – August 25, 2021): US President Joe Biden’s plans to spend nearly $ 5,000 billion to change the world’s largest economy advanced Tuesday in the House of Representatives, after the Democratic leaders struck a deal with centrist lawmakers to end a dispute that threatened bills.
Biden and his House-controlling Democratic allies are pushing for passage of both a $ 1.2 trillion overhaul of the country’s infrastructure and a 10-year $ 3.5 trillion bill that would pay for improving education, health care and resilience to climate change.
While the infrastructure bill has already won passage in the Senate with a few votes from Republicans, Democrats found no opposition support for the second, larger bill and planned to l ‘approve with their votes alone – a difficult task given their narrow majorities in both houses of Congress.
The dispute erupted when centrist Democrats in the House said the infrastructure bill had to be voted on first, but on Tuesday those lawmakers backed a compromise resolution that would see the infrastructure measure put to a vote in about a month.
“I pledge to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by September 27. I do so with the pledge of rallying Democratic support in the House for its passage,” said the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, in a statement.
The resolution paves the way for further negotiations on the $ 3.5 trillion measure with the goal of passing it by September 15.
Democrats can afford not to lose a vote in the Senate where two of their lawmakers have already said they will not vote for the bill unless its price is reduced.
Final votes on the bills are not expected until next month or later in the fall.
The infrastructure measure includes $ 550 billion in new spending and aims to revitalize and expand the country’s roads, railways, bridges and broadband access.
The $ 3.5 trillion measure is backed by Democratic leaders and his progressive faction, and includes climate finance, infrastructure investments excluded from the other bill, residency status for millions of people. migrant workers and two years of tuition fees paid at public universities.