On The Money: Democrats reach deal on $3.5T target | Biden rallies Democrats: ‘We’re going to get this done’
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THE BIG DEAL—Biden rallies Democrats: ‘We’re going to get this done’ President BidenJoe BidenDemocrats reach deal on .5T price tag for infrastructure bill Texas family arrested for role in Capitol riot Key Senate Democrats undecided on Biden’s ATF nominee MORE received a warm welcome from Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill, where he met with lawmakers Wednesday to rally them to support his infrastructure agenda.
“We’re going to get this done,” Biden told reporters as he walked into the Senate, where he served for 36 years before becoming vice president in 2009. The Hill’s Alexander Bolton takes us to the halls of the Senate here.
What we know so far about the $3.5 trillion budget deal: Senate Democrats still need to hammer out some of the details, and legislative text has yet to be released. They also need to get all 50 members of their caucus on board with the proposal for it to pass without GOP support. That said, we’ve got a general idea of what the bill will include:
- The budget proposal would give Democrats the ability to pursue many of the social spending programs that President Biden outlined earlier this year in his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, such as universal pre-K, paid family and medical leave and nutrition assistance, according to a senior Democratic aide.
- The measure also would allow Democrats to seek extensions of tax-credit expansions established by the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief law that Biden enacted in March.
- The budget framework would allow Democrats to pursue spending that aims to meet Biden’s climate goals of 80 percent clean electricity and a 50-percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 by funding clean-energy tax incentives, federal procurement of clean energy technologies and a clean-energy accelerator.
- It would pave the way for Democrats to pursue adding dental, vision and hearing coverage to Medicare, a top priority for many progressives, and allow Democrats to bolster expanded ObamaCare subsidies, expand Medicaid in states that have not already done so and lower patient spending on prescription drugs, the senior Democratic aide said.
The Hill’s Naomi Jagoda breaks it all down here.
What comes next: Biden’s agenda got a boost earlier in the day when Sen. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterKey Senate Democrats undecided on Biden’s ATF nominee Senate Democrats hit speedbumps with big spending plans Bipartisan Senate group to finalize infrastructure bill this week MORE (D-Mont.), a key centrist, said he would vote to proceed to the budget resolution.
“The price tag is a lot of money but it doesn’t scare me, it’s just how it’s being spent. There are plenty of needs out there, we just have to figure out how it’s being spent,” Tester told The Hill.
Another key centrist, Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDemocrats reach deal on .5T price tag for infrastructure bill Key Senate Democrats undecided on Biden’s ATF nominee On The Money: Inflation spike puts Biden on defensive | Senate Democrats hit spending speed bumps | Larry Summers huddles with WH team MORE (D-W.Va.), said he’s “open” to the budget deal but cautioned he will need time to review how it’s paid for to make sure proposed corporate tax increases don’t hurt the competitiveness of U.S. companies in foreign markets.
“We’re anxious to basically review it. They worked hard on it, we want to see it. Also I’ve been very clear that I want to see the pay-fors and make sure that whatever we do is globally competitive,” Manchin told reporters.
LEADING THE DAY
Key GOP lawmaker backs Powell for another term as Fed chief: The top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday called on President Biden to renominate Jerome Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve board.
In opening remarks during a Wednesday hearing with Powell, Rep. Patrick McHenryPatrick Timothy McHenryBiden officials scramble to avert August eviction wave House passes veterans contraception, LGBTQ business bills previously blocked by GOP House passes bill to repeal OCC ‘true lender’ rule MORE (R-N.C.) — the panel’s ranking member — said the Fed chief “earned and deserved another term” leading the central bank.
“There’s a great deal of uncertainty right now,” McHenry said. “You have proven to be a steady hand throughout this pandemic and ongoing recovery, and you’ve defended the independence of the Fed. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your leadership.”
“Now, we’re going to spend the next three hours telling you everything you’ve done wrong, but you do deserve another term,” he continued.
The background: McHenry’s endorsement comes as Biden weighs whether to renominate Powell, a Republican elevated to lead the Fed by former President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas family arrested for role in Capitol riot Poll: McAuliffe holds 2-point lead over Youngkin in Virginia governor’s race On The Money: Inflation spike puts Biden on defensive | Senate Democrats hit spending speed bumps | Larry Summers huddles with WH team MORE in 2017.
- The Fed chief is widely liked and respected among lawmakers in both parties for standing up to Trump’s attacks on the central bank’s independence and leading the Fed’s successful efforts to stabilize financial markets during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Democrats also praised Powell for his thinly veiled support of a major fiscal response to the pandemic, while Republicans have backed his efforts to pare back some Dodd-Frank regulations.
- Even so, Biden is facing pressure from progressives and financial sector critics to appoint a new chair more closely aligned with his politics.
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ON TAP TOMORROW:
- Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee at 9:30 a.m.
- The Senate Commerce Committee holds a hearing on supply chain resilience at 10:30 a.m.
- A House Financial Services subcommittee holds a hearing on community development block grants and disaster recovery at 12 p.m.
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