House schedule suggests Thursday debate for massive social spending bill

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks about his Build Back Better agenda and the bipartisan infrastructure deal during a speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 28, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The official House of Representatives schedule suggests that debate on the massive Democrat social bill will begin on Thursday.

“Official House schedule from Hoyer indicates mbrs will debate social spending bill Thursday,” Fox News Congressional Correspondent Chad Pergram tweeted Wednesday evening regarding Thursday’s plans to debate the nearly $2 trillion social spending bill, known as the Build Back Better act.

House moderates say they won’t vote on the bill without enough information from the CBO on it. It is not clear how much is enough. And the Senate cannot even take up the bill without a CBO score because of its rules under budget reconciliation, the process Democrats are using to circumvent a GOP filibuster.

“We aim to pass it before Christmas,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said about the spending bill earlier this week.

Schumer previously said he wanted the Senate to work on passing the bill this week, but it is now clear that will be impossible. That means after the holiday, both chambers will face down a crush of high-stakes issues that could make or break Biden’s presidency, buoy or tank the economy, and potentially keep lawmakers in the Capitol deep into the holiday season.

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