US Congress to Vote for Adoption of Joe Biden’s Investment Plans

The outcome is near: after months of intense negotiations and internal quarrels among the Democrats, the House of Representatives will finally vote, Friday, November 5, on the major investment plans of Joe Biden, who hopes to see them adopted for relaunch his presidency, put to the test.

The House will meet to vote on these two gigantic programs of the President, supposed “Rebuild” America, Democratic officials said Thursday evening. A project “Historical” and “Bearer of transformations”, had earlier said a spokesperson for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre.

Under pressure after a stinging defeat in a local election, Democrats in Congress struggled Thursday to come to an agreement, and Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had promised: “We will adopt these two plans. “ Because time was running out. Struggles between the left wing of Joe Biden’s party and more moderate elected officials were robbing the president of a political victory he desperately needs to breathe new life into his presidency.

Two pharaonic projects

” It’s urgent “, had vigorously affirmed Karine Jean-Pierre. The president’s spending programs are popular with Americans, according to polls, and a Moody’s study released Thursday estimated the number of jobs the plans could create in ten years at 1.5 million. But Joe Biden, who had praised, during the presidential campaign, his negotiating skills because of his long career as a senator, came up against the divisions of his party and saw, powerless, his popularity plummet.

Before leaving for the G20 and COP26 summits, the president had already visited Capitol Hill twice to speed up the passage of his two flagship projects. First, a plan to renovate the country’s dilapidated roads, bridges and transport. The envelope of 1,200 billion dollars (1,038 billion euros) – the equivalent of Spain’s GDP – is supported by Democrats and some Republicans. Another, gigantic social and climate component, called “Build Back Better”, notably plans to reduce childcare costs and invest $ 550 billion to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. greenhouse by 2030.

But the efforts of the President of the United States had not succeeded. Back from Europe, Joe Biden, visibly impatient, urged his troops to get in order. “Democrats have never been so close to finalizing and adopting” these plans, had responded Thursday, the Democratic leader of the Senate, Chuck Schumer. But their fate is actually in the hands of an elected official who refuses for the moment to support them, the senator of West Virginia, Joe Manchin.

Midterm elections in ambush

In view of the very thin Democratic majority in the Senate, this elected official has virtually a right of veto on these projects. Thursday morning he again expressed concern about their impact on US public debt and inflation. In his state, one of the poorest in the United States, “People are terrified by the increase in the price of gasoline, food, public services”, he assured on CNN.

One way of denouncing the expenditure deemed excessive by his party, accused of not having known how to take the pulse of the country, to the point of having lost control of Virginia on Tuesday, a state which had however mostly voted for Joe Biden at the presidential election of 2020.

An observation all the more gloomy as this election served as a dress rehearsal before the next political battles: the whole country will be called to the polls for the legislative elections of the mid-term in November 2022. Joe Biden’s party could then lose control of the two chambers, which would complicate even more the passage of any major reform.

The World with AFP

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US Congress to Vote for Adoption of Joe Biden’s Investment Plans

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