Dem Leaders Aim For House Votes Amid Final Budget Disputes

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives to lead Democrats in advancing President Joe Biden's $1.85 trillion-and-growing domestic policy package, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The hard-fought social policy and climate-change legislation will still have to clear the 50-50-Senate, where revisions are likely and Biden has no votes to spare. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(AP) — Democratic leaders are trying to resolve lingering concerns by moderates in hopes of finally pushing President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar domestic agenda through the House.

Leaders have met privately with centrists who want an official cost estimate from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office before voting on a $1.85 trillion social and environment bill. Democrats can lose no more than three votes in the narrowly divided House to pass the legislation.  Leaders say complete CBO figures won’t be ready for days or more.

Democrats want to pass that legislation and a separate $1 trillion infrastructure measure after faring poorly in this week’s off-year elections.


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