Washington — The Senate met briefly on Saturday to send a bill to President Biden, reviving a major transport program that expired two days ago, and recalling nearly 4,000 layoff workers. A few hours later, Mr. Biden signed.
A rare weekend session was needed because Congress did not deal with expired transportation programs when Congress passed the law on Thursday to avoid a government closure. These reapprovals were included in the $ 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill scheduled to be voted on the same day, but were never issued in the deep division of parliamentary Democrats over the bill. did not.
Senator Ron Wyden, a Democrat and chairman of the Finance Committee in Oregon, has motioned to extend the expiring transportation program for 30 days and end the escape of 3,700 workers. Approved by agreement. The interim bill, passed by the House of Representatives on Friday with a 365-51 vote, will extend the program until October 31st.
Saturday’s vote ended a fierce week in the Capitol, where Democrats tried to advance a major part of Mr Biden’s agenda but failed. A parliamentary progressive rally with nearly 100 members blocked the House from voting for a $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill, with 3.5 trillion submitted by Mr. Byden, Senator Nancy Pelosi, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Senator New Democrats. He called for power to ensure the passage of the dollar’s domestic policy bill. York and the majority of leaders ensured that the caucuses would move forward as part of the “two-track” process of the infrastructure bill.
The progressive position forced Pelosi to postpone the planned vote on the infrastructure bill, until Biden finally reached an agreement on much broader social policy and climate control. He urged them to support them, saying that voting on the bill was impossible. It has arrived.
In a letter to lawmakers on Saturday, Mr. Pelosi urged the passage of an infrastructure bill by the end of the month, with Democratic leaders negotiating broader social policy and climate bills with West Virginia and Kirsten senator Joe Manchin III. Arizona’s cinema, showing that it continues to hold out, is the main swing vote needed to pass legislation in the Senate.
“Once again, we have to pass both bills right away,” Pelosi wrote. “We have the responsibility and the opportunity to do so.”
Cinema said on Saturday a statement condemning the delay in voting for infrastructure, saying it was a “failure” and “extremely disappointing for communities across the country.”
“Negating millions of high-paying jobs, safer roads, cleaner water, more reliable electricity, and better broadband to Americans only hurt everyday families,” Cinema said. rice field. “Arizonas and all everyday Americans expect lawmakers to consider legislation on the proposal, rather than hindering new jobs and significant infrastructure investments for no apparent reason.”