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Senator Richard Burr held a news conference at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday on the Build Back Better bill and its impact on child care providers and families.
Watch the conference in the player above.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said she is hopeful the Senate will send President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better legislation along with the voting rights bill to the House for final passage.
“We’re prepared to come back as soon as the Senate sends us these bills, she said Wednesday during her weekly press conference.”
Negotiations between Biden and holdout Sen. Joe Manchin over Democrats’ $2 trillion social and environment bill are said to be going poorly.
A person familiar with the talks says the West Virginia Democrat wants to drop the legislation’s extension of an expanded child tax credit.
Manchin tells reporters that assertions he opposes the child tax credit are “a lot of bad rumors.”
Many Democrats consider that provision the keystone of the entire bill.
Manchin’s stance was described by a person familiar with the conversations who would describe them only on condition of anonymity.
It’s the latest sign that Democrats’ hopes of pushing the bill through the Senate by Christmas have become increasingly bleak.
When questioned about the progress of passage in the Senate Pelosi said: “I think that this is called the legislative process.”
“I’m still hopeful that it will pass. I’m not going to have a post-mortem on something that hasn’t died. I think that I think we will have legislation and it will pass. I hope the sooner the better, especially since we have certain deadlines and I respect the process and I respect Senator Manchin,” she said.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has said he wants the Senate to approve the 10-year, nearly $2 trillion legislation by Christmas in hopes of using the upcoming holiday to prod Manchin and others to resolve final disputes over the bill.
Democrats need all their votes in the 50-50 Senate to advance the legislation, and unresolved disputes with Manchin and other time-consuming hurdles have made it seem increasingly unlikely that senators could even begin debating the bill before the holiday.
According to senators and aides, Schumer has not said he is planning to delay work on the bill into next year. But many obstacles must be cleared before the bill can come to the floor, let alone be approved.
The House approved its version of the legislation in November.
With the last checks now slated for Wednesday, Democrats are rushing to ensure that Jan. 15 checks will still land in families’ bank accounts. The Treasury Department has warned lawmakers that Dec. 28 is the deadline to pass the bill and ensure no disruption, though lawmakers have suggested payments could be made retroactively if Biden’s package stalls.
Pelosi also addressed a rash of large-scale thefts in California and around the country in which groups of individuals brazenly rush into stores and take goods in plain sight.
A woman in California has been charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing more than $300,000 in merchandise from retail stores.
Pelosi condemned the organized retail thefts as “outrageous” and said “an attitude of lawlessness” is behind it.
“We cannot have that lawlessness become the norm,” she said.
“It’s absolutely outrageous. Obviously, it cannot continue,” Pelosi said.”
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