Time running out for Biden on his ‘Build Back Better’ plan as Halloween deadline looms

It appears that President Joe Biden’s progressive and pricey $3.5 trillion “Build Back Better” spending plan might be dead on arrival.

The self-imposed deadline for Congress to pass Biden’s bloated spending proposal is Oct. 31 — and according to reports, there are signs that the Democrats just aren’t going to be able to get the job done in time.

An impending disaster

Biden’s spending agenda stalled in Congress earlier this month thanks to infighting among Democrats in the House and Senate.

House progressives threatened to upend a related $1.2 trillion “bipartisan” infrastructure package if they didn’t get support for Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending proposal. Meanwhile, centrist Democrats in the Senate refused to support the $3.5 trillion plan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Democratic leaders in the Senate have worked feverishly to try to get their caucuses in line, but both centrists and progressives have remained firm.

Their stubbornness forced Pelosi to postpone the vote on the package several times, with Halloween becoming the final deadline.

But it doesn’t seem Dems are any closer to a compromise — and as the Washington Examiner notes, the deadline is now less than 10 full legislative days away.

Down with the ship

The problem for Democratic leadership is that there is little indication that any progress has been made between earlier this month and now. If anything, the situation may be worse.

Both progressives and centrists have remained firm, and now, Biden has thrown a wrench in the plans by seeming to side with the latter.

One such centrist is Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), whose Senate vote is enough to sink the bill in the upper chmaber. Manchin has made it clear that, in order to get his support, the Democrats have to cut the $3.5 trillion bill down to at least $1.5 trillion — and Biden seems to be on board with this.

Now, Democrats are working on what to keep and what to cut. Of course, the problem is that progressives might not support the final product; in the House, it would only take three defections to tank the bill, which, given the number of progressives, is easily achievable. In the Senate, only one defection is needed.

All in all, things are not looking up for Biden’s spending agenda. The only question now is whether the $1.2 trillion bill might go down with it.

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