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[POLITICS] House Passes Historic Infrastructure Bill in Win for Biden

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The vote was 228-206 and sends the legislation to Biden for his signature. Thirteen Republicans supported the bill and six Democrats voted against it, a sign of the intra-party strains that nearly derailed the legislation. It would not have passed without GOP votes.

Passage capped a day in which Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to deal with a last-minute standoff between party progressives and moderates that took hours of intense negotiations and the president’s intervention to resolve.

The president, in a statement early Saturday, called the bill’s passage “a monumental step forward as a nation.”

Pelosi and Biden, however, were unable to land a House vote at the same time on a more than $1.75 trillion tax and spending package that makes up much of the rest of Biden’s domestic agenda. The House instead approved a procedural measure teeing up a vote after lawmakers return from next week’s break and the Congressional Budget Office delivers a cost analysis.

That was a last-minute concession to a small group of moderates who refused to vote for the spending package without the CBO score. Progressives also made a concession by supporting the infrastructure legislation before a vote on the larger spending package.

Biden plans to make remarks on both bills at 9:30 Saturday morning. In the statement, he said he looked forward to signing them into law and “generations from now, people will look back and know this is when America won the economic competition for the 21st century.”

His upbeat statement came after House leaders and the White House spent hours trying to keep the legislation on course with both wings of the Democratic Party expressing wariness.

“I’ve spoken to the president a number of times today and the president appreciates that we are working in good faith with our colleagues agreement,” Representative Pramila Jayapal, head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said. “We’re going to trust each other because the Democratic Party is together on this, we are united that it is important for us to get both bills done.”

A statement from the group of moderates including Representatives Stephanie Murphy and Josh Gottheimer said they would commit to voting for the economic package “in its current form” as long as a Congressional Budget Office score is consistent with White House estimates on cost and revenue.

The back-and-forth throughout the day and threats from both factions to scuttle any action, left some lawmakers frustrated.

“We started this day thinking we had a deal, thinking that we were going to cast our votes -- were excited to cast those votes,” Representative Jared Huffman, a progressive from California, said. “And then a small cohort of our colleagues moved the goalposts.”

Still, not all of the progressives were ready to go for the deal. The six Democratic “no” votes all were part of a group of progressives often referred to as the squad: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamaal Bowman of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Cori Bush of Missouri and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts.

“I cannot in good conscience support the infrastructure bill without voting on the President’s transformative agenda first,” Omar said in a statement.

The 13 Republican “yes” votes included Fred Upton of Michigan, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and John Katko of New York.

With the vote in doubt for much of the day, Biden made calls to House Democrats and put off plans to leave Washington on Friday for his Delaware home. From the White House, he continued to lobby Democrats well into the night.

The public-works bill totals more than $1.2 trillion when routine highway dollars are factored in. Biden has promoted it as a vital step to taking on the challenge of a rising China, and a test of Washington’s policy making abilities in a time of sharp partisan divides.

House Republicans argued that it didn’t focus enough on roads and that passing it would “unlock” the social spending bill, which they said would generate inflation.

“The Senate infrastructure bill and the massive tax and spending spree are not the will of the American people. The Democrats’ radical agenda to spend a reckless amount of money will raise costs and make it even harder for people to build a better life,” Cathy McMorris Rodgers, a Washington State Republican, said during floor debate.

Passage of H.R.3684 came after Democrats failed to meet two deadlines in September and October to act on the bill, despite personal appeals by the president.

Success in breaking an impasse between Democratic moderates and progressives -- who had battled over the elements of the bigger social-spending and tax-increase bill and the timing of enacting the infrastructure one -- might provide a much-needed lift to Biden’s public standing. The president’s ratings have sagged in recent months, with the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, high inflation and the delta variant surge.

Some Democrats blamed losses in statewide elections in Virginia and a close call for the incumbent governor of New Jersey on Tuesday on the failure to enact their promised agenda.

Progressives for months had effectively blocked the infrastructure bill, withholding their support -- needed for passage -- to gain leverage over party moderates in the fight over the bigger, Democrats-only bill.

The so-called reconciliation bill, providing an expansion of spending on social programs and measures to address climate change along with higher taxes on companies and the wealthy, now totals more than $1.75 trillion, down from an earlier $3.5 trillion.

Progressives had insisted on a deal -- or even an actual vote -- in the Senate on the reconciliation bill before they’d back the infrastructure legislation. With infrastructure passed, the risk is that liberals will no longer have sway over Senate moderates, who have raised doubts about Medicare, paid family leave, methane fees, nicotine taxes and immigration measures in the other bill.

“I think there’s a major concern,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the legislation would be passed before the Nov. 25 Thanksgiving holiday. In their statement, moderates said they would allow for a vote no later than the week of Nov. 15.

Yet that could delay final action into December, when Congress must grapple with a Dec. 3 government funding deadline and raising the debt ceiling, both of which will spark conflict with Republicans. The Senate is all but certain to change the legislation, meaning the House would have to vote again.

The Senate had passed the $550 billion infrastructure plan on Aug. 10 on a bipartisan 69 to 30 vote. Nineteen Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined with all 50 senators who caucus with Democrats to support the bill.

Among the components of the eight-year public-projects bill:

  • About $110 billion in new spending for roads and bridges

  • $73 billion for power grid upgrades

  • $66 billion for rail and Amtrak

  • $65 billion for broadband expansion

  • $55 billion for clean water

  • $39 billion for transit

The Congressional Budget Office said the bill would add $256 billion to the federal budget deficit over the next decade. For more details, here’s a summary.

 

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Yes it is. Its also a win for Americans. We need more bi-partisan bills. This whole “we can’t pass bills because it makes the other party look good “ doesn’t do anything for us. We need infrastructure and I am glad it was passed. I think Biden’s “build back better” plan is dead now. It’s just too much shoved into one bill. It’s like the bank sending you one huge bill and saying that’s all your bills combined. Well, what a minute I’d like to see a break down. 

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40 minutes ago, Nuke said:

Yes it is. Its also a win for Americans. We need more bi-partisan bills. This whole “we can’t pass bills because it makes the other party look good “ doesn’t do anything for us. We need infrastructure and I am glad it was passed. I think Biden’s “build back better” plan is dead now. It’s just too much shoved into one bill. It’s like the bank sending you one huge bill and saying that’s all your bills combined. Well, what a minute I’d like to see a break down. 

A win for Americans - well said!


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The progressives have to be viewed as the big losers here. They kept this bill hostage because it was the only chance to pass their socialist spending bill and now that all but dead. The voters spoke on Tuesday and for once it appears congress got the message. 

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1 hour ago, Nuke said:

The progressives have to be viewed as the big losers here. They kept this bill hostage because it was the only chance to pass their socialist spending bill and now that all but dead. The voters spoke on Tuesday and for once it appears congress got the message. 

They still have a lot to be happy about.  Amnesty for 7.45M illegal immigrants, expansion of Immigrant processing facilities along the border, Natural Gas Tax, and billions for green spending.  They didn't get to indulge like they wanted to, but they still got a decent sized pile of stuff.  :niterider:

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6 minutes ago, Woody said:

They still have a lot to be happy about.  Amnesty for 7.45M illegal immigrants, expansion of Immigrant processing facilities along the border, Natural Gas Tax, and billions for green spending.  They didn't get to indulge like they wanted to, but they still got a decent sized pile of stuff.  :niterider:

None of which will help the country or the people that fund all of this

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Biden is easily the worst puppet...er...president in U.S.A. history. A huge bill that will really sock it to the hard working taxpayers of this country. More free shit for the useless!!!

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49 minutes ago, Bumbles247 said:

Nope.

The modern day model for congress is to pass huge, omnibus bills with gigantic numbers of dollars spread out over numerous different so-called programs. Start with a ridiculously huge bill, then argue it down to a slightly less ridiculously huge bill. Then pass it and pat each other on the back.

Proponents will say that's because due to partisanship, it's the only way to get things done. Yet the real reason is it would be too much hard work for our poor, overworked congressmen to debate, discuss, pass or decline each of these bills on their own merits. And because of voter apathy, they aren't made to.

I agree we need infrastructure. I'm all for it. I also know in 1956 a bill was passed that created over 41,000 miles of interstate highways accross America. This was a great bill for all of America and her infrastructure. It was also only 29 pages long.

Instead of passing an infrastructure bill for infrastructure's sake, this is another example of how modern politics is loaded with constant creation and endless throwing of money at projects, which, by their very nature of being overseen by our federal government, become endlessly mired in bloated, bureaucratic inefficiency and corruption. It's the very reason we are currently indebted to the amount of $85,000 for every man, woman and child in America (that's a modest $340,000 for a beautiful family of 4).

Our congressmen know how to reign in spending and practice fiscal responsibility. They've done it before. But they have no reason to until their voting constituents hold their feet to the fire, just as we did in the 1990s when the people made it clear enough was enough. The government had spending entirely under control by the next mid-term election.

As long as politicians can keep getting re-elected (and I mean from both parties) because their voters celebrate this kind of legislation, and because their voters view uncontrolled spending on all things governmental as a good thing, that $85,000 ($340,000) figure will continue to grow. I just wonder if the people will ever open their eyes enough to demand fiscal responsibility once again before it's too late.

This bill apparently adds 256 million to the budget each year for 10 years. Hardly ridiculously huge


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3 hours ago, Nuke said:

Yes it is. Its also a win for Americans. We need more bi-partisan bills. This whole “we can’t pass bills because it makes the other party look good “ doesn’t do anything for us. We need infrastructure and I am glad it was passed. I think Biden’s “build back better” plan is dead now. It’s just too much shoved into one bill. It’s like the bank sending you one huge bill and saying that’s all your bills combined. Well, what a minute I’d like to see a break down. 

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42 minutes ago, Woody said:

They still have a lot to be happy about.  Amnesty for 7.45M illegal immigrants, expansion of Immigrant processing facilities along the border, Natural Gas Tax, and billions for green spending.  They didn't get to indulge like they wanted to, but they still got a decent sized pile of stuff.  :niterider:

That was in this bill? I thought that amnesty shit was the other bill. That’s the problem, just pass an infrastructure bill. Stop all this hiding non-infrastructure bullshit, you can’t get through any other way, in an infrastructure bill. 


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18 minutes ago, Nuke said:

That was in this bill? I thought that amnesty shit was the other bill. That’s the problem, just pass an infrastructure bill. Stop all this hiding non-infrastructure bullshit, you can’t get through any other way, in an infrastructure bill. 

 

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34 minutes ago, Philly'sFinest said:

rammed through on a Friday night

where were your MAGAT tears when this happened?

 

Roll Call Vote 115th Congress - 1st Session

 

Vote Summary 

 

Question: On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 1 As Amended )
Vote Number: 303
Vote Date: December 2, 2017, 01:36 AM
 
Required For Majority: 1/2
Vote Result: Bill Passed
 
Measure Number: H.R. 1 (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act )
Measure Title: To provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
Vote Counts:
 
YEAs 51
 
NAYs  49
 
MAGAT 101 - Be a hypocrite.  All of the time.  

 

 

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2 hours ago, 212frawk said:

where were your MAGAT tears when this happened?

Roll Call Vote 115th Congress - 1st Session

 

Vote Summary 

Question: On Passage of the Bill (H.R. 1 As Amended )
Vote Number: 303
Vote Date: December 2, 2017, 01:36 AM
 
Required For Majority: 1/2
Vote Result: Bill Passed
 
Measure Number: H.R. 1 (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act )
Measure Title: To provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018.
Vote Counts:
 
YEAs 51
 
NAYs  49
 
MAGAT 101 - Be a hypocrite.  All of the time.  

Are you assuming that I supported that bill or any other getting pushed through in the middle of the night...because you would be wrong if that was your angle.

I don't blindly defend or attack things because of the party I currently side with. Anything that is shady and isn't done with the best interests of the people is not something I support.

I know that's a difficult concept for nimrods such as yourself, but that is a thing.

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Reality check, I didn't support ANY of the spending bills during Trump's tenure and I really don't support this one either.

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5 hours ago, Nuke said:

That was in this bill? I thought that amnesty shit was the other bill. That’s the problem, just pass an infrastructure bill. Stop all this hiding non-infrastructure bullshit, you can’t get through any other way, in an infrastructure bill. 

It is in the other bill. These idiots never took the time to actually research the bills


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Twitter: @HKTheResistance

 

HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

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5 hours ago, Philly'sFinest said:

Says the sheep that supports 1,000 plus page bills rammed through on a Friday night without getting the true cost analysis from the budget office.

Big government shoves it up your ass and you love it

But I guess that's why you are Greg the flaming faggott 

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Here is the funny thing, I'll tell you to your old decrepit face that you suck dick, you'll wilt before you'd say a word to me, pussy


“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

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HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

I’ll just forward them to Bridgett. comssvet11

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2 hours ago, Philly'sFinest said:

Are you assuming that I supported that bill or any other getting pushed through in the middle of the night...because you would be wrong if that was your angle.

I don't blindly defend or attack things because of the party I currently side with. Anything that is shady and isn't done with the best interests of the people is not something I support.

I know that's a difficult concept for nimrods such as yourself, but that is a thing.

So more admission of how fucking dumb you are

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HipKat, on *** other h***, is genuine, unapoli***tically nasty, and w**** his hea** on his ******. jc856

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22 minutes ago, HipKat said:

Here is the funny thing, I'll tell you to your old decrepit face that you suck dick, you'll wilt before you'd say a word to me, pussy

Hip, Hip, Hip.  You're a 5'7" former "rocker" in his late 50's.  NO ONE is scared of you, pally.  LOL

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24 minutes ago, HipKat said:

Here is the funny thing, I'll tell you to your old decrepit face that you suck dick, you'll wilt before you'd say a word to me, pussy

Hip with the homo talk yet again.  Pretty sure the guy is a latent homosexual himself at a minimum.

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4 hours ago, HipKat said:

Here is the funny thing, I'll tell you to your old decrepit face that you suck dick, you'll wilt before you'd say a word to me, pussy

This guy can't be for real LOL

I'm younger, better looking, more successful, and loved by my family. You are none of those things. 

It all makes perfect sense. You have created a completely made up, imaginary world where everything works out for you...too bad it's all a fraud.

But if you really want to find out more, hit me up. Maybe I'll give you the opportunity to find out what's real and what's fiction.

Faggott

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