Congress has to offer several packages to deliver at Christmas


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Thanksgiving is now in the back mirror on Capitol Hill.

It’s on Christmas – in more ways than one.

There is a fierce back and forth between moderate and progressive Democrats over the passage of social spending and infrastructure bills that dominated late summer and early fall. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Delivered a record-breaking, overnight speech in opposition to the $ 1.75 trillion package. Also time for family and friends on holiday. Green Bean Casserole. Fluffy mashed potatoes. Stuffing (or dressing, as it is called in the South). Pumpkin and Pecan Pies. Another loss from the Detroit Lions.

These are just memories.

Congress has returned to Christmas with a sprint – and perhaps beyond.

This is always the case on Capitol Hill during the holidays. This year was no exception.

There are things lawmakers have to deal with. And, like everyone else during the holidays, lawmakers – particularly Democrats – have their own wish list.

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“At this time of year, we always have drama because we’re postponing big things to finish them now or before Christmas,” said Rep. Fox on Fox. Al Green, D-Tex. “It takes a bit of compromise. But we’re getting there.”

The “tasks to do” are as follows.

The Senate must “approve” the annual defense policy bill. That’s it upstairs this week. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DNY., Believed the Senate could be completed this week. The House approved its version of the measure weeks ago. But the defense bill may not be fully made by the end of this week. It can slide if needed.

The only thing that matters is Congress Should Do this week – or face dire consequences – this weekend as the Band-Aid Bill is passed to avoid a government shutdown. The government will be funded until 11:59:59 pm ET Friday.

Congress passed its first “Advanced Resolution” (or, “CR,” in Congress-EC) earlier this fall to avoid a breakdown. The plan is to approve a short-term bill through the House and Senate this week. Such a stopgap bill may work until January or February. Republicans may want a plan to fund the government through March.

If they approve the interim spending bill, the government will not close their watch to the Democrats. Democrats control the House, Senate and White House. Democrats hope – without much success – that many see their style of administration as a mess under former President Trump. The Trump administration included two government shutdowns. Pulled for more than a month from late 2018 and early 2019.

California House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY speak at the White House’s South Lawn on Monday, November 15, before President Joe Biden signed into law the $ 1.2 trillion bilateral infrastructure bill. , 2021.
(AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

But the downside for Democrats is that CRs keep all federal spending up to date. In other words, October was the first opportunity for President Biden and congressional Democrats to put their inability on federal spending. 1. That was the beginning of the financial year 2022. But since there was no deal, they just re-up the old money. Democrats will have to agree to an extension of the old programs again this week to avoid a breakdown.

Democrats are essentially putting their spending priorities on the table with CR. Republicans have the advantage. The government is basically working on a “Trump budget,” the GOP can string it in the New Year. It also restricts Democrats from enacting their own spending bills. This is why some GOPs want to withhold the overall spending package until March. They may not agree with the short-term extension advocated by the Democrats.

Why would it take Congress so long to implement it?

Remember, this should be accomplished by Friday night.

What a great way to start the holiday.

Lurking somewhere in the background (as it seems to always do) is a fight over the debt ceiling.

No Republicans in both chambers broke their party to help the Democrats approve a $ 480 billion increase in the debt ceiling. But a number of Senate Republicans voted yes in a procedural vote to break the filibuster to allow Democrats to walk on their own.

After Schumer’s football-spiking speech during the last crisis, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Promised Democrats would not help the debt ceiling this time. But before Thanksgiving, Schumer and McConnell talked about the issue.

When asked how the sides can unlock the debt ceiling knots, McConnell recently sounded more convincing.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) marched to the US Senate Chamber in the US Capitol on October 7, 2021, in Washington, DC.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) marched to the US Senate Chamber in the US Capitol on October 7, 2021, in Washington, DC.
(Photo by Winn McNamee / Getty Images)

“We figure out how to avoid the default,” McConnell said. “We always do.”

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McConnell and other Republicans have long said that Democrats should raise their own debt ceiling using a special, filibuster-exempt bill called reconciliation. Democrats are using that kind of bill to pass their own social spending package.

It is true that Republicans do their best to blame Democrats for excessive spending. Democrats point to a biased $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus bill that they jammed with zero help from the GOP in March. Republicans are prompting Democrats to raise the social spending bill with unnecessary campaign promises.

Politically, it works for the GOP, even if it is responsible for some debt. All COVID assistance passed last year by Congress cleared both Houses on a bipartisan basis and was signed by President Trump. But Republicans can still condemn the Democrats as a “tax and spending” party and wait for the social spending bill in the wings.

The United States did not have a debt limit until 1917. The imposition of a statutory debt ceiling as part of the Second Liberty Bond Act would have given Congress some control over how much debt the US has made. But with federal debt pushing $ 29 trillion, it is clear that the legislative debt ceiling harness has not worked. That in turn has turned the periodic debt ceiling into little more than a dangerous political exercise. Each time the debt ceiling comes to the fore, each party tries to score points on the debt incurred by their counterparts.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen recently told Congress that lawmakers should aim to raise the debt ceiling by December 15. But by some private estimates, the Federal Treasury is flush with cash and will be able to pay its bills beyond that – perhaps until February.

File photo: Birds fly near the US Capitol, Washington, October 4, 2021.

File photo: Birds fly near the US Capitol, Washington, October 4, 2021.
(LOVEBYLIFE / Kevin Lamarck / File Photo)

Congress is likely to glam the government fund bill and debt ceiling measure together. But no one is really on the same page.

It was not long before Schumer believed the Senate would consider a social spending package for the “week of November 15”.

Now if they get it by Christmas they’ll be lucky.

Therefore, the immediate focus on the Defense Bill and avoiding government shutdowns.

For Democrats, the passage of the social spending bill by Christmas is a jewel on the tree.

And at the rate at which things are happening, these may be the only jewelry anyone sees in Washington this year.

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