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The Chamber hopes that the two economic bills will be voted on Tuesday


(CNN) — House Democratic leaders are pushing for a vote on both the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and the broader $ 1.75 trillion economic plan as soon as Tuesday. according to three sources familiar with the matter.

In any case, the calendar has not materialized.

House Majority Coordinator Jim Clyburn said Saturday that the House will vote on both economic bills on Tuesday, while campaigning for Terry McAuliffe in Virginia. Clyburn urged Virginians to elect McAuliffe and other state Democrats to help implement those proposals.

“We are going to pass those two bills that you have heard of. We are going to pass them. The vote has been called for this Tuesday. We are going to vote and we are going to pass them,” Clyburn told a crowd gathered in Portsmouth, Virginia. .

“But let me tell you something about the passing of laws in Congress. When we pass them and they get here in Virginia, you have to have a legislature that authorizes spending to pay the state share,” he added. “You have to have a governor who is going to sign the agreements with the legislation passed then. So it doesn’t matter what we do in Washington, unless you have someone sitting in your state Congress who is going to sign the legislation, who is going to apply the law, we better not have it. “

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The planned votes follow a last-minute attempt by President Joe Biden to convince the Democratic caucus to vote in favor of the bipartisan infrastructure bill before leaving for a trip abroad. The pressure did not work, as progressives made it clear that they would not vote in favor of the bill without the economic law being voted on the same day.

Neither Senators Joe Manchin nor Kyrsten Sinema explicitly pledged to endorse the framework initially on Thursday, when Democrats wanted a vote, leaving progressives not feeling confident enough to support the infrastructure bill.

But Democrats who have spoken with Sinema of Arizona believe he will ultimately support Biden’s $ 1.75 trillion economic bill, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the talks.

“Sinema will support the framework,” said a Democrat who had talks with her.

Manchin, the other key lawmaker, has yet to offer much about his views on the proposal. But the West Virginian told CNN on Thursday that he supported the $ 1.75 trillion price tag, higher than his initial figure.

Democratic leaders tried to call a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill after Biden’s visit to Congress on Friday, but were unable to generate enough support.

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Once passed in the House, the infrastructure bill will go to Biden’s table for signature, while the economic bill will go to the Senate for a vote.

To buy time, Congress approved a second temporary extension of the Highway Trust Fund, ensuring that 3,700 federal employees are not laid off. It was scheduled to expire on October 31. Now it will run until December 3.

Now all eyes are on December 3. That is the same day that government funds are exhausted and when the Treasury warns that the debt ceiling will be reached.

CNN’s Arlette Saanz contributed to this report.


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