Why Congress is at such a Impasse: Some Questions and Answers
Washington- Congress calls on federal government It was inundated with 11 hours of voting late last week. However, some important parts of the democratic agenda remain unresolved.
There are a few questions and answers on the state of negotiations with the two main bills drafted by the Democratic Party and the state of the other challenges that lie ahead for federal lawmakers.
What are the two bills?
President Joe Biden urged Congress to approve two drastic proposals.
One is the $ 1 trillion measure paid for “traditional” infrastructure projects such as upgrading roads, bridges and transportation systems.
The second is a $ 3.5 trillion bill to expand what Biden calls “human infrastructure.”
This latest proposal will expand the reach of education, health care, and other social safety net programs across the country and support U.S. efforts to tackle climate change.
The proposal was made through the so-called reconciliation process. This allows Democrats to promote it through an equally divided Senate with 50 votes instead of 60.
Why are the two measures blocked?
Moderate and progressive Democrats cannot agree on which proposal to vote for first.
And two Senate Democrats continue to oppose the $ 3.5 trillion price tag of the social safety net law.
Traditional infrastructure bills enjoy bipartisan support, but are skeptical by progressive Democrats who fear they will be passed and left behind with bigger and more controversial social program bills.
Progressives are calling for Senate action on bills on social programs before voting in the House for traditional infrastructure.
That’s because two Democrats, Senator Joe Manchin III in West Virginia and Senator Kyrsten Sinecine in Arizona, are barking at a price of $ 3.5 trillion and negotiations continue over whether to lower the bill. It didn’t happen.
Meanwhile, moderate Democrats are pushing for approval of the infrastructure bill and complaining that proposals with cross-support will not go to the president’s desk.
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Was there a deadline for passing the bill this week?
Yes and no.
After a rebellion by a handful of members of Congress Nakamichi, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) promised to vote on a bill on traditional infrastructure. Before September 27 ..
The House vote has been postponed until Thursday, September 30 – the day before federal approval for the land transportation program included in the bill expires. However, due to the lack of support, Pelosi again participated in the transport vote.
What is the impact of not updating these shipping schedules?
Federal funds for roads and transportation, funded outside the normal government spending process, expired at midnight Thursday. This means that nearly 4,000 employees of the Ministry of Transport began to lay off on Friday morning.
Are there other implications of delays in shipping funds?
This freezes payments from the state transport sector, regional planning organizations and road funds sent to transport.
Federal funding accounts for about 26% of the state’s total transportation budget, according to the Association of U.S. Highway Transportation Authorities, an advocate for the state’s transportation industry.
Federal agencies can continue to meet grants awarded until Thursday, and most construction is unlikely to be affected.
But if things get worse, federal payments to state and local governments will decrease. According to an August memo from the Federal Highway Authority, payment cuts can begin as early as October 8.
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Jim Timon, secretary general of AASHTO, said in a statement on Friday that the shutdown “would halt work on critical transport infrastructure across the country.”
So what’s going on now?
Thursday Night’s Home passed a 30-day extension of a permit that expired Thursday night, except for a major infrastructure bill.
The Senate agreed on Saturday, possibly as part of a larger roads and bridges bill, allowing federal DOT employees to return to work while lawmakers gave long-term approval.
What about the US debt ceiling?
It is always an imminent issue that members of Congress must deal with. The latest forecast suggests the federal government will hit its borrowing limit by October 18.
Republicans claim they won’t help the Democratic majority in every chamber raise their debt limits.
And what about the remaining federal spending plans for the year?
It’s also on the to-do list.
The continuation resolution passed before the September 30 deadline Signed by Biden on Thursday evening, government agencies can only maintain current spending levels until December 3.
Further congressional action is needed for the federal government to continue to function beyond that date.