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Facing divisions, U.S. House Democrats postpone vote on $3.5 trln Biden plan

EconomyAug 24, 2021 12:50AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) answers questions from reporters during her weekly news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., August 6, 2021. REUTERS/Gabrielle Crockett/File Photo

By Susan Cornwell and David Morgan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives early Tuesday postponed a vote to advance President Joe Biden's ambitious plan to expand social programs, as liberals and centrists remained at odds over which parts of his agenda should get priority.

Democrats had planned a vote to pass the $3.5 trillion budget plan for Monday evening, but cancelled it after hours of closed-door talks failed to overcome internal party divisions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had hoped to quickly approve the $3.5 budget outline, which would enable lawmakers to begin filling in the details on a sweeping package that would boost spending on childcare, education and other social programs and raise taxes on the wealthy and the corporations.

But centrist Democrats refused to go along, saying the House must first pass another Biden priority: a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that has already won approval by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate. Representative Jim McGovern, a senior Democrat, said late Monday that leadership was still trying to work out whether they had the votes to proceed.

Democrats hold a narrow 220-212 majority in the House and Republicans have said they will not support the budget plan.

Liberals worry they might lose leverage on the social-spending effort if they first pass the infrastructure bill.

The delay does not necessarily mean that Biden's budget plan is doomed. Pelosi can bring it up again for a vote, presumably after working out a compromise between the party's factions.

Steny Hoyer, the No. 2 House Democrat, said the chamber will return at noon (1600 GMT) Tuesday. It was not clear whether Democrats would have resolved their divisions by that point.

The setback comes as Biden is facing sharp criticism over the Taliban's swift takeover of Afghanistan after 20 years of war.

The House vote would allow Democrats to pass the social-spending measures on a simple majority vote in the Senate, rather than the 60 votes required for most legislation in that chamber.

The Senate is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democrats. Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris would cast the tie-breaking vote.

Facing divisions, U.S. House Democrats postpone vote on $3.5 trln Biden plan
 

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Jack Bquick
Jack Bquick Aug 24, 2021 4:10AM ET
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Socialism 101
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Aug 24, 2021 3:33AM ET
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Powell is riding on the stimulus lion; he does not know how to get off the lion and be safe from the lion. sooner or later he will have to get off the lion 🦁 and the lion will get him alive. this type of circus tricks are not without the risks. Monkey rides on lion and gets eaten alive
Kwong To
Kwong To Aug 24, 2021 2:02AM ET
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Divisions? What a beautiful sight to behold!
Ray Saini
Ray Saini Aug 24, 2021 1:27AM ET
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give this money straight to China.. no need any combinations
sal galeano
sal galeano Aug 23, 2021 10:06PM ET
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came back just in time to float the market on some good news because we were about to correct some
Jon Bal
Jon Bal Aug 23, 2021 9:59PM ET
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just saw a foreclosure lawyer commercial..hello 2006, how ya been?
sal galeano
sal galeano Aug 23, 2021 9:58PM ET
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conservatives, Republicans you are the worst.
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Aug 23, 2021 9:54PM ET
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You should see this devil worshiper when she's dressed down. Or maybe you shouldn't
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Aug 23, 2021 9:50PM ET
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tax hikes on the wealthy and corporations is the entry level. then it will spread to everyone. This is how taxes came to be in the first place. Old tactic. Must be opposed no matter what. it will bankrupt the US
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Aug 23, 2021 9:41PM ET
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gosh if joes spending plan is as carefully thought out and managed as his Afghan withdrawal it's going to be awesome!
Robert DZ the patterns
Robert DZ the patterns Aug 23, 2021 9:20PM ET
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dems are awesome
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Aug 23, 2021 9:20PM ET
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they certainly are! I'm just so glad we don't have the evil orange man doing terrible things like protecting the border bringing jobs home brokering peace deals defeating isis taking on China and establishing a relationship with North Korea...what a monster!!!
JAMES CUNHA
JAMES CUNHA Aug 23, 2021 9:05PM ET
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they should save that money. we will most likely need it to help stabilize and protect U.S. interests in the Middle East. After the Afghanistan debacle these past few weeks, I can't help but think that our adversaries will do what they can to destabilize Iraq. imo
JAMES CUNHA
JAMES CUNHA Aug 23, 2021 9:05PM ET
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Al Queda, Taliban and ISIS don't care about climate change. Our country needs to start preparing and setting aside resources to deal with the potential aftermath following Afghanistan.
JAMES CUNHA
JAMES CUNHA Aug 23, 2021 9:05PM ET
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....and no...we shouldn't have to rely on the Fed printing more money.
Robert DZ the patterns
Robert DZ the patterns Aug 23, 2021 9:05PM ET
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lol, James,
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Aug 23, 2021 8:40PM ET
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The bills, especially the ones on voting rights and social spending, are sure to help solidify the Dems power by making more people dependant on them. A classic strategy dictators use.
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Me comment Aug 23, 2021 8:40PM ET
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heir trump isn'y in office anymore
Millennial Metals
Millennial Metals Aug 23, 2021 8:15PM ET
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The federal reserve and corporate lobbyists will make sure it passes
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title correction: time to s# r%e@ w the republicans.
palmer gossett
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I don't see any articles regarding Afghanistan on this site right now. Why?
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Aug 23, 2021 8:08PM ET
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Censored content.  This site is so biased it's rediculous
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perplexed76 . Aug 23, 2021 1:38PM ET
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if his plan is like afganistan "plan", i will test it thouroughly
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Aug 23, 2021 12:53PM ET
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Buy gold and hold. Forget the charts
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Aug 23, 2021 10:34AM ET
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Democrats plan is mostly radical leftist agendas and pinch of infrastructure.
Stephen Fa
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Another $3.5T spending is economically reckless in long term. Economy is overheating already.
 
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