Democrats' hopes dim that Build Back Better will pass before New Year: The $1.7 trillion package lacks the needed 50 Senate votes to pass.

December 15, 2021   |   Tags: ,
Democrats in the Senate are preparing to miss their self-imposed deadline to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion social safety net bill before the end of the year, according to four sources familiar with planning by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office. The decision to try again next year is based on simple math — Schumer doesn’t have the 50 votes needed to pass the legislation thanks to Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who remains a hold out. The decision is also in part because Senate Democrats haven’t finished negotiating the bill. Provisions on state and local taxes and the methane...


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