Key Congressional Votes on Biden Agenda, Debt Ceiling Set for This Week

Headline Roundup September 27th, 2021

Two Congressional votes set for this week are key for the Biden administration's spending plans. A House vote on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package is set for Thursday, and a Senate vote is set for Monday to suspend the debt ceiling and avoid a government shutdown. Republicans are expected to vote down the debt ceiling measure, leaving Democrats to figure out how to keep the government funded while also passing trillions of dollars worth of spending bills. Work continues on crafting and securing votes for the administration's $3.5 trillion budget bill.

Many sources focused on the pricetags for the legislation and the political maneuvering needed from Democrats to advance the bills. Sources across the spectrum framed the coming days as pivotal for the Biden administration and the president's agenda; many on all sides also painted smooth passage of the bills as unlikely based on lack of support from moderate Democrats. Some coverage also highlighted how the legislation, if passed, will have vast implications for American life.

From the Left

President Joe Biden enters the most seismic week of his legislative agenda explicitly set to miss one deadline and implicitly knowing he'll soon have to bow to a Republican blockade on another.

Feverish talks over the course of the weekend led to a rhetorical intraparty pressure release, but still left Democrats miles away from a clear pathway forward on their sweeping $4 trillion dual-pronged agenda, according to multiple people directly involved.

Every piece of Biden's agenda is on the line this week. The vote on his $1.2 trillion Senate-passed infrastructure bill has...

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From the Center

The Senate's bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and President Biden's $3.5 trillion spending package could live or die this week — and take Democrats' fortunes with them. But all the minute-by-minute political drama obscures how much America could change if even a fraction of it passes.

The big picture: Anything short of total failure could have a transformative impact on day-to-day life — from how we move around to our access to the internet, paid family leave and child care, health care and college.

To be sure, the massive price tag that comes with these...

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From the Right

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told House Democrats in a letter Sunday night to fellow Democrats that the $1 trillion infrastructure bill will be voted on Thursday after doing her best Joe Namath imitation by guaranteeing that the bill will be passed.

"We’re going to pass the bill this week," she told ABC’s "This Week." "I’m never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes."

Pelosi on Sunday vowed that Democrats will pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill this week and push ahead on the bigger $3.5 trillion social safety net...

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