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Democratic aides are now saying the $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure package will need to be even bigger since they only have one more opportunity before the 2022 election year to go it alone on major legislation.
“At the end of the day, the next one will be bigger because you can’t divide it,” said a Democratic Senate aide, referring to the remaining reconciliation package.
Democrats do not plan to pass another reconciliation package after April 1, 2022 – which they have the right to do under Senate rules – because it will only be months away from crucial midterm elections and the political dynamic could be very different by then.
“Everyone is a different person in an election year,” the aide said.
Majority leader in the Senate Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Citizens’ Climate Lobby – Agree or Disagree? Biden, Capito Continue Infrastructure Talks Top Union Unveils City Hall National Strategy To Advance Biden Jobs Plan Don’t Put All Our Cars In EV PLUS Basket (DN.Y.) believed as late as April that he could pass two more reconciliation bills this year – after the Senate used its first reconciliation vehicle to pass the US bailout of 1, $ 9 trillion in March.
Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough told Schumer staff in April that they would be able to create several vehicles of reconciliation this year.
But in a more detailed decision released in recent days, MacDonough clarified that reconciliation vehicles beyond the one remaining for 2021 would first require majority approval in the Senate Budget Committee, which is split evenly by 11 votes. per piece for Democrats and Republicans.
As a result, Democrats only have one more chance this year to get around a filibuster, as there’s virtually no chance that a Republican on the committee will vote with them.
Aides says there is now more pressure on Biden to strike a deal with Senate Republicans on a scaled-down infrastructure package as it would allow more spending in a reconciliation package with priorities that are unlikely to gain GOP support.
These include increasing the corporate tax rate, repealing the cap on state and local tax deductions, tax breaks for clean energy and hundreds of billions of dollars for social programs ranging from child care children extended to long-term home care for the disabled and the elderly.
Another reality that is emerging on Democratic aides and progressive activists is that with just one reconciliation package remaining available until April, this year’s overshoot might not happen until the fall. That would force the White House to reconsider its goal of passing an infrastructure bill before the end of the summer.
A second Democratic Senate aide said the prospect of not being able to come up with a reconciliation plan until fall or closer to year-end could pressure Biden to strike a bipartisan deal on infrastructure before this date.
“I think so,” the aide said of the parliamentarian’s decision pressuring Biden to come to an agreement with the Republicans.
White House officials Wednesday would have made an important concession to sen. Shelley Moore CaptainShelley Wellons Moore CapitoManchin not ready to support Democrats by going through infrastructure themselves 12:30 p.m. report from The Hill: Biden’s meeting with Queen Elizabeth II Biden proposes 15% minimum corporate tax: report MORE (W.Va.), the leading Republican infrastructure negotiator, when he lowered his proposed spending target to $ 1 trillion and backed away from his proposal to raise the corporate tax rate by 21% to 25%.
Instead, White House officials have suggested a minimum effective tax rate of 15% for corporations that would otherwise pay next to nothing in taxes.
“I think it’s more likely that Biden will strike an infrastructure deal just because he’s only going to have one shot at reconciliation and there are other priorities where there’s no hope get more Republican support, ”said Darrell West, director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution.
West says it is possible that “hard” infrastructure priorities such as roads, bridges, transit, railways, airports and extended broadband Internet access could be lumped together in the same one. together, but that it would be more logical to spend them separately.
“The bigger the bill, the more difficult it is sometimes to pass it, because any senator who opposes a provision can condemn the whole package,” he said. “It will be difficult to keep the coalition together, the bigger the package and the more articles there are. “
West predicted that the “global number” of the reconciliation package “will run into the trillions.”
“It scares the voters and politically it becomes a more difficult challenge,” he added.
Now, many Democratic priorities will be competing for inclusion in this year’s final reconciliation package.
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Matt House, a Democratic strategist and former senior Schumer collaborator, said the parliamentarian’s decision would make it more difficult to pass a reconciliation plan, but he doesn’t think it upsets Biden’s negotiations with Capito over a plan to small-scale infrastructure.
“It was always going to be true that Democrats would give bipartisan negotiations a chance to prosper, fail or move forward on their own, and I think that’s still the case as a result of the parliamentarian’s decision and that does not affect this. fundamental dynamic, ”he said.
House said that while a reconciliation package may not move forward until the fall, it will not significantly change the amount of time the administration and Senate Democrats are prepared to spend on infrastructure negotiations with Republicans.
“The dynamic that governs the duration is more, ‘How serious is the Republican in the talks?’ Not just Shelley Moore Capito, but Republican, because she is not the center of gravity of her caucus, ”he said.
“The second step can get a little more complicated due to the restrictions on reconciliation,” House said of the road ahead for Schumer and the other Democrats once these talks collapse, as many Senate Democrats have said. ‘wait there.
Robert Borosage, co-founder of Campaign for America’s Future, a progressive rights group, said Biden might feel more pressure now to strike a deal with Republicans, but he doubts Senate Republicans will accept anything that can move on to the House, where progressives wield more power.
He said the parliamentarian’s decision would make it more likely that Biden would strike a bipartisan infrastructure deal “if you had 10 Republicans making a serious bid.”
Borosage said the GOP infrastructure counter-offers so far have been a “joke” because they have offered to spend only a fraction of what Biden wants on new money.
“The progressives were always in favor of a big bill, then the parliamentarian made a decision [in April] and this allowed Biden to argue, “Let’s keep the invoices separate, we can do them in different reconciliations [packages] when we prove that we can’t get the support of Republicans, ”he added.
“This is a huge change because we are at the bottom of this burrow of infrastructure negotiations.”