Schumer targeting week of Dec. 13 to vote on social spending bill

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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is targeting the week of December 13 for a vote on President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion social spending bill — concerns raised by Liberal Sen. Joe Manchin (D-NY). Because of this many people are wildly ambitious. WV), sources told The Post on Tuesday.

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“We had a good meeting with Senator Manchin today,” Schumer told reporters on Tuesday. “We mainly talked about climate issues, and we’re going to get this bill done with 50 Democrats before Christmas. That’s our goal.”

But while majority leaders are hoping to act quickly on the measure, insiders say that specific provisions in the bill passed by the House—as well as Munchkin’s objections to its potential impact on inflation—overwhelm Schumer’s plan. can.

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A senior Democratic source indicated that the Senate could be recalled to session even after Christmas to continue its work.

With the Senate divided evenly, Democratic leaders would have to put each of their members on board with the bill to ensure it passes through the reconciliation process—which would have allowed them to bypass the 60-vote legislative filibuster. Is.

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“I think we all know the situation we’re in. We all know it only takes one Democrat to tank it,” Schumer said Tuesday.

Schumer met with Liberal Sen. Joe Manchin to discuss provisions in the bill.
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A day earlier, Manchin had lowered hopes that the bill would be passed by Christmas, calling on his colleagues to take their time and look at the legislation passed by the House in its entirety.

“I think what we need to do is really look at the bill, what we have now, what has come from the House and that’s what I’m doing,” Manchin told reporters.

During his Tuesday meeting with Schumer, Manchin voiced his concerns about climate provisions in the measure, having previously voiced reservations over language related to methane emissions tariffs.

Manchin and Schumer discussed the bill's language with methane emissions charges.
Manchin and Schumer discussed the bill’s language with methane emissions charges.
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“Different energy stuff is what we talk about most of the time. Just looking at fundamentally different things that we agree on and need adjustments,” Manchin said after the meeting, adding that he and Schumer are “working” on potential changes.

On Monday, Munchkin also said he would not commit to vote in favor of bringing the bill up for debate on the Senate floor. While the failure of a test vote would not kill the measure, it would be a source of embarrassment to Schumer and hearty Republicans, who have invested their hopes of blocking the bill with Manchin and fellow liberal Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz).

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