The Biden attempt to sneak socialism in through the back door of his massive spending bill is doomed in its current form. FNC reporter Chad Pergram tells us who will kill it, why, and when.
🚨🚨 Dems’ radical spending bill exposed:
Green cards for migrants and their families without limits.
The provision eliminates current caps and immediately makes approximately 630,000 cards available.
It's their way of sneaking their open-borders agenda into this bill. pic.twitter.com/IDvQorYOAo
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) November 15, 2021
Pergram: It was clear to Democrats the two just had to go together. It was only natural. Oh. You thought we were talking about the infrastructure bill and the social spending plan?
Surely you jest. We’re talking about the views of House Democrats over the process as they tried to advance both of those bills recently. “This is a sh—show,” moaned one exasperated senior House Democratic leadership aide. “The whole day was a clusterf—,” complained Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.
As it turns out, the characterizations of “sh—show” and “clusterf—” were a natural pairing for Democrats. They just went together. Especially as Democrats struggled to adopt their domestic agenda after weeks and months of fits and starts. After all of the back-and-forth, the House finally aligned with the Senate, approving the bipartisan infrastructure bill, late on Friday night, Nov. 5. The Senate OK’ed the same plan in early August.
That was the easy part. Even two visits to the Capitol by President Biden in late September and late October failed to unlock passage of the infrastructure plan. The House even conducted the longest roll call vote in history on Nov. 5 – a staggering seven hours and five minutes – just to eat up time as negotiations continued offstage. The House established the old record on Nov. 22, 2003. A vote on Medicare/prescription drugs consumed two hours and 55 minutes.
Now, comes the hard part: advancing the social spending package through the House and Senate over the next few weeks — and not getting tripped up by a collision with the debt ceiling and a potential government shutdown on Dec. 3. A deep dive into the play-by-play of Thursday, Nov. 4 and Friday, Nov. 5 reveals just how challenging it was for Democrats to advance their agenda.
The initial plan was to approve both the infrastructure bill and the social spending package. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., even proclaimed he’d put the social spending measure on the floor the week of Nov. 15. Schumer’s now pushed that back since the House is still wrestling with the bill this week…
So, here is what the next few weeks may look like: House Democrats wait for a CBO score. They try to pass the social spending bill in the coming days. If it gets out of the House (and remember how long it took to get the “easy” bill through), the plan goes to the Senate. This week? Next week? Over Thanksgiving? After Thanksgiving? The Senate will need several days to debate and vote on the bill. There will inevitably be changes. Then it returns to the House. The House and Senate must sync up. That presents the most daunting question of all. Can the House approve an altered Senate bill? Perhaps one that is watered down beyond what progressives can stomach? You already know the answer to that. Take your pick. It’s either a “sh—show” or a “clusterf—.”