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The United States House of Representatives is expected to vote on the Social Policy and Climate Change Bill and a bipartisan infrastructure bill that is the centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda. Democrats missed their self-imposed deadlines to vote on the legislation, but their leaders are confident they can finish on Friday, a senior Democratic official said on Thursday. Earlier, Biden had pressured Democrats in the House of Representatives to vote yes on the bill, as the party tries to recover from the sobering state’s election losses. Democrats want to pass the US $ 1.75 trillion (A $ 2.37 trillion) spending bill and a US $ 1 trillion (A $ 1.4 trillion) infrastructure measure that has already was approved by the Senate by Thanksgiving later this month. Party leaders said a vote was possible on Thursday evening. A White House official said Biden is calling various members of the House and urging them to vote yes. Biden left for Europe last week for a meeting of G20 leaders and a UN climate conference without agreeing on the legislation. An affirmative vote before the Glasgow climate conference concludes on November 12 would bolster the credibility of Biden’s pledge to halve U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 from levels of 2005. A leading moderate Democrat, however, expressed doubts about the chances of quickly passing the Build Back Better bill on Thursday. “It is going to be difficult” to solve all the problems necessary to pass the bill on Thursday, Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar told reporters. With a 221-213 majority in the House of Representatives and a united Republican opposition, Democrats need near unanimity to pass legislation. Cuellar cited objections to possible immigration arrangements, the lack of a final report from the Congressional Budget Office, his own concerns about climate language and a general “lack of confidence” in the leadership of moderates as factors making the bills are unlikely to be approved on Thursday. . Democrats are reeling from a disappointing loss in Virginia this week when a Republican won the governorship in a state Biden won hands down in 2020. The party is eager to show he can push forward President’s agenda and push Republicans back to the mid-term of 2022. Elections when House and Senate oversight is on the line. The non-partisan US Joint Committee on Taxation released a report assessing tax revenue arrangements of Build Back Better legislation to US $ 1.48 trillion (Australian $ 2 trillion) over the next decade. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said the committee’s analysis did not take into account additional revenue from provisions to improve tax collection for the Internal Revenue Service and reduce the cost of prescription drugs for the Medicare health care program for the elderly. “It’s an objective point of view for which he is well paid,” Pelosi told reporters after a meeting of House Democrats on the legislation. Moody’s Analytics analysts said on Thursday that the bills would be fully paid and create jobs, but their implementation would require “skillful governance.” In a meeting with fellow Democrats Thursday morning, Pelosi expressed hope for action on both bills this week, a source close to his remarks said. If passed by the House, social policy legislation would pass through the Senate, also tightly controlled by Democrats, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wants to enact it before the Thanksgiving holiday on November 25. Associated Australian Press



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