US Congress pushes back vote on Joe Biden’s social and climate investment plan

Contrary to expectations, the US Congress will not vote, Friday, November 5, on the gigantic social and climate plan of President Joe Biden, announced the Democratic President of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi.

The House of Representatives had however met in the morning with a clear objective: to finally validate the plans of Joe Biden, involving 3 trillion (approximately 2,600 billion euros) of expenses thanks to which he promises to transform America.

The American president’s plan includes a very large social component, notably providing for nursery school for all, a profound improvement in health coverage and significant investments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which would mean a profound redefinition of the welfare state in the United States.

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But this plan is the subject of very difficult negotiations within the Democratic Party, in particular between the left wing and the moderate camp, and its total cost has already been halved, planed to 1,750 billion dollars.

A vote expected before November 25

All day long, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives tried to put her troops in order, and to generate enthusiasm for the president’s plans. “The program that we are promoting is innovative, historic, and that is what makes it a challenge”, she had declared in a letter to the Democrats, as if to explain these internal quarrels between elected officials of the party.

But last-minute negotiations – moderate elected officials demanding precise costing of these costly expenditures – ended up paralyzing the process and forced the leaders in Congress to postpone, once again, the holding of a vote. It is now expected “Before Thanksgiving Day” according to Nancy Pelosi, that is to say before November 25.

Little consolation for the president, this seasoned figure in politics still said ” hope “ a vote in the House tonight on Joe Biden’s other big investment plan, a $ 1.2 trillion envelope to repair the country’s dilapidated infrastructure, invest in high-speed internet and the US fleet of electric cars .

This colossal investment project has already been approved in the Senate in mid-August, supported by elected officials from both parties. His passage in the House would mark a victory (half-hearted) for Joe Biden, who would only have to ratify the text.

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The president, facing a tumbling popularity rating and weakened by a resounding defeat in a local election in Virginia this week, is badly in need of that success. But the progressive wing of the Democratic Party has repeatedly warned that it would not support this text without a guarantee of the passage of the social and climate component of Joe Biden.

The World with AFP

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US Congress pushes back vote on Joe Biden’s social and climate investment plan

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