The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to begin debate Monday on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill ahead of a vote scheduled for Thursday on legislation that is a key part of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the dates in a letter to Democratic legislators Sunday. In a television interview, Pelosi expressed confidence that the bill would pass. “Let me say that we will pass the bill this week,” Pelosi said on ABC News’ This Week television show.
He added that he would not bring the bill for consideration in the DPR if the legislation did not have enough support to pass.
Biden also expressed his confidence when asked about the bill. He told reporters Sunday (26/9) “this will get better this week.”
The Senate approved the infrastructure plan in a vote last month, in which 19 Republicans joined the entire 50-member Democratic caucus.
Infrastructure spending, almost half of which is in the new government budget, will repair old roads and bridges and expand broadband Internet, finance the replacement of hazardous lead-containing drinking water systems, add new sewer infrastructure, expand passenger rail and transit systems. , and perform airport repairs.
Pelosi said in her letter that House leaders are also working with the Senate and White House on separate $3.5 trillion proposals that include climate change programs and social safety nets. The legislation also includes plans to provide universal pre-kindergarten education, free tuition at 2-year colleges (community college), expand healthcare services for aging Americans, funds to address the effects of climate change, and make changes to immigration laws and efforts to lower prescription drug prices.
But the larger bill, which was put on the House Budget Committee on Saturday, faced more opposition, including from some Senate Democrats who said they would not support spending so much.
Pelosi said on ABC’s This Week television show that talks would inevitably result in lower cost figures, calling the development “obvious.” [uh/lt]