House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated in a letter to her Democratic colleagues that she expects to pass the infrastructure package, the government funding bill, and President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget proposal all in the same week. While the letter was silent on the debt ceiling, Pelosi described September 30th, the date on which the government runs out of money, as a day of significance. This week, Pelosi wrote that people must adopt a continuing resolution, the BIF, and the Build Back Better Act. On Thursday, the Budget Committee approved the Build Back Better Act.
Moreover, Pelosi stated that the next few days would be challenging and that the House had sent a continuing resolution to the Senate. Pelosi and other House members are now seeking to avoid a shutdown. By September 30th, they must pass the BIF and continue to work toward the passage of the reconciliation measure. She said the Democratic Caucus would gather Monday at 5:30 p.m. E.T., and she urged full participation of Members. However, republicans expressed dissatisfaction with the amount of time provided to review important sections before voting at the House Budget Committee’s virtual markup of the Build Back Better Act. Rep. Jason Smith, R-Mo. Chastised Democrats for hastily passing a 2,400-page tax and spending package without addressing the debt ceiling. In addition, Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY) echoed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s call for debt ceiling action.
Yarmuth remarked that America is at a crossroads. Moreover, millions of Americans and their families’ futures are at risk. They can no longer afford the consequences of inactivity and negligence, the moment to act is now. Yarmuth also stated that the initiatives, including the Build Back Better Act and the reconciliation package, are long overdue investments that would guarantee the economy works for all Americans and give the most incredible middle-class tax cut in history. Therefore, America, its economy, and the people of America can’t afford to delay these investments any longer. The moment has come to rebuild better.