Despite Biden’s Hopes, Dems Remain Divided After Budget Deal Reached

After the White House unveiled a framework deal on Democrats’ multi-trillion-dollar budget Thursday morning, President Joe Biden expressed confidence that the budget bill and the bipartisan infrastructure bill could pass through Congress after months of squabbling. Despite this expectation, many progressive Democrats are unwilling to commit to a vote in favor of the new bill. “President Biden is confident this is a framework that can pass both houses of Congress, and he looks forward to signing it into law,” the White House wrote. “He calls on Congress to take up this historic bill—in addition to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act—as quickly as possible.” Wednesday evening, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asked the House Rules Committee to hold a vote on the budget bill on Thursday, indicating confidence among leaders that the bill can pass. But the specifics of the new proposed bill open old wounds among …

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