As the country hurtles toward the 2022 midterms, the Administration of President Joe Biden faces a critical juncture next week when the United States of Representatives considers two bills at the core of Biden’s agenda: a $1.2 trillion infrastructure spending bill and a $3.5 trillion reconciliation, which includes considerable social safety net spending.
Democrats in the House face internal worry about progressives in the caucus withholding support from the infrastructure bill if moderates fail to back the reconciliation, a divide that goes to the heart of the party, but one that New Jersey Democrats say they believe they can bridge.
Check out what U.S. Rep. Donald Payne (D-10) has to say on the subject here.
For his part, But U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-9) this afternoon told InsiderNJ he is more confident today than ten days ago that the two bills will pass.
“I think we’ve been inspired by the gloom out there that we won’t get it done,” Pascrell said. “People are throwing names around like ‘progressive’ and ‘moderate.’
“We’ll get them passed,” the congressman affirmed.
Will it be difficult?
Yes, he admitted.
But in the end the U.S. House of Representatives will pass both bills, with minor carve-outs on the reconciliation side, he suspects.
Speaker Nancy “Pelosi has worked too hard to get to this point to turn around now,” Pascrell said. “They say we’re fighting each other? They don’t know what the hell they’re talking about.”