President Joe Biden was planning on Democrats using their power in Washington D.C. to push through a major infrastructure package, but he may be forced to submit to a major delay.
According to reports, due to resistance from GOP legislators, Democrat leaders may end the current push to pass the massive infrastructure proposal and bump it to next year’s budget, drastically setting Biden’s goals back.
According to Breitbart on Tuesday:
Biden and congressional Democrats hope to pass their multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure package via the reconciliation process for the 2021 budget resolution. However, Punchbowl News reported senior Democrats do not believe they can pass such a bill by the end of the 2021 fiscal year or September 30.
Democrats hope to pass their infrastructure package through reconciliation because, unlike most bills, it could pass through the Senate with a simple majority or 50 votes. This means that they could pass the bill on partisan lines or with the help of a few Senate Republicans. Congress can only use reconciliation for legislation that pertains to spending and the debt.
Democrats don’t fully control the Senate, forcing them to turn to administrative means to pass their policy proposals, and in order to do so, may be forced to delay plans until the next opportunity arises to push the bill through in next year’s budget.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the Budget Committee chairman, pledged that Democrats would move on the proposal “as quickly as possible,” though that may not be enough to reassure Biden.
“I think we are reaching the end of the period in which we have not seen serious Republican proposals. And sooner [rather] than later, we’ve got to make it clear that we are going forward to address the crises facing the market,” Sanders added.