WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) – Democrats are resetting the clock to adopt President Joe Biden’s traditional and social infrastructure spending plans, with progressives and moderates within the party now at odds on what the second package will cover and how much to spend.
The White House is avoiding setting an exact deadline, but Democrats in Congress said over the weekend that they wanted to pass both by the end of the month.
“I think the American people expect us to find effective ways to help them in their daily lives,” Senator Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
But with divisions within the party, the road could be bumpy until October 31. Representative Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Leader of the Progressive Caucus, said her members would not agree to the $ 1.5 trillion framework proposed by moderates for the spending package.
“What we’ve said from the start is that it was never about price. This is what we want to offer, ”she said on“ State of the Union ”.
She said the plan must tackle key social issues ranging from childcare and paid time off to climate change.
“How do we get all of these things in, but maybe for a shorter period of time, and then be able to get the number from that,” Jayapal said.
Biden needs all Democrats in the Senate and House to pass both plans.
Republicans remain fiercely opposed, particularly to the social infrastructure bill, with Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Saying his party will not help Democrats spend more than it deems unwise.
“All Republicans are united against this,” Barrasso told “Fox News Sunday”.
Republicans also say they will not help Democrats, who hold both houses of Congress, raise the debt ceiling, last week blocking a Democrats’ attempt to do so. The US Treasury Department says it will run out of money on October 18; if that happens, the federal government will default on its debts. Treasury officials have warned for weeks that congressional inaction could cause serious damage to the economy.