Reconciliation Vote Likely Delayed, Again

Democrats had hoped to vote on their multi-trillion social spending bill Tuesday, but updates indicate that’s not going to happen. In fact, it’s unclear when the vote will take place.

The House Rule Committee chose not to meet Monday to mark up the legislation in question, making it much less likely that Democrats can pull off a vote.

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The parliamentary detail suggests the party still does not have consensus to move forward, though it its possible that could change.

“We must include a pathway to citizenship in the reconciliation package,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter. “An unelected advisor in the Senate should not dictate what can pass the House. We must keep all our options open as we fight for immigrant communities.”

Comments like those are likely helping hold up the vote. Meanwhile, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., has made clear he needs more details before moving forward. Some of the spending items and proposed taxes have been a no-go for either him or Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz.

“I’ve worked in good faith for three months, for the sake of the country, I urge the House to vote an pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill,” Manchin said.

He went on to speak to the reconciliation bill, saying, “I am open to supporting a final bill that helps move our country forward. But, I’m equally open to voting against a bill that hurts our country.”

Manchin has appeared optimistic a deal can be struck, but so far it has not occured.

“Let’s all work together on getting a sensible reconciliation package, a package that really strengthens our nation and makes us better and leads the world,” he said.

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