Democrats have pushed back the passage of their massive Build Back Better Bill repeatedly. They said they were going to pass it by the summer, then the fall, then by the end of the year.
Now it looks like they might not make it by the end of the year and this is excellent news.
When we come back from the holidays, we will be in midterms season, which means it will be even less likely to pass.
NBC News reports:
Democrats’ hopes dim that Build Back Better will pass before New Year
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.
Talks between Manchin and Biden are going “very poorly,” according to a source familiar with the talks.
The decision to delay is also in part because Senate Democrats haven’t finished negotiating the bill. Provisions on state and local taxes and the methane rule remain undecided. Senate Democrats also haven’t finished clearing all the procedural hurdles necessary to hold a vote.
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Two congressional sources said a vote could be delayed until March. The sources asked to speak anonymously in order to provide frank assessments of internal discussions.
The longer this takes, the less support it is likely to get.
Democrats who are up for reelection next fall are not going to want to make themselves more vulnerable by voting for this.
There’s a distinct possibility that it will never pass, especially if Republicans win the midterms, which is likely.
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