House Democrats push ahead with votes for both of Biden's two spending bill, totaling $3 trillion

It is unclear whether Pelosi has the support she needs from moderate members of her caucus to vote on the Build Back Better bill

Updated: November 5, 2021 - 10:28am

Leaders of the Democrat-controlled House say they now have enough support within their conference to pass both of President Biden's spending bills – totaling roughly $3 trillion – and will begin voting on the measures Friday morning.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team had hoped for a vote as early as Wednesday but reportedly went late into Thursday night wrangling vote with a conference increasingly divided among progressive and moderates.

Biden's $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill, already passed in the Senate with bipartisan support, is expected to pass without problems and go directly to the president to be signed into law.

However, the passage of his $1.9 trillion climate change and social programs spending bill faces more uncertainty, as House Democrats continue to debate whether to include or loosening the caps state and local tax deductions.

Democrats from high-tax coastal states have been pushing for the change since the so-called "SALT" deductions were tightened in 2017. 

In addition, a handful of House Democratic moderates – including New Jersey Rep. Josh Josh Gottheimer – want to see a  Congressional Budget Office economic analysis, or "score," on the larger bill before voting on it. 

"We feel that's information we're owed," Gottheimer said. "We could vote this week on the bipartisan infrastructure package that was passed out of the Senate over there in August. It's been sitting here waiting for action. That'd be a great place we can start acting."

Gottheimer and the other moderates have been waiting for months for a vote on the infrastructure bill and are frustrated with their progressive colleagues for holding up the bill over demands to move forward with the social spending or "human infrastructure" package in parallel. 

Pelosi will put the measure to a vote amid uncertainty in Democrat-controlled Senate about its future.

Among the issues in the upper chamber is whether Senate Democrat will try on include immigration-reform initiative in their version, will moderates Sens. Joe Manchin, of West Virginia, and Kyrsten Sinema, of Arizona, cast decisive "yes" votes in the evenly-divided Senate.

Biden has reportedly been working the phones, helping Pelosi in her pursuit of a unified Democratic front. He reportedly called Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a moderate from Virginia, earlier this week.