Dems Doubt Passage of Biden’s Package by Christmas

Democrat senators are increasingly skeptical Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will be able to meet his goal of passing President Joe Biden’s sweeping climate and social spending package by Christmas, The Hill reported Monday.

The doubt over passing the Build Back Better Act by Schumer’s deadline comes as the Senate continues to be bogged down in one time-consuming struggle after another, including over lifting the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions.

As part of Schumer’s goal, he wants to bring the $2 trillion bill to the floor the week of Dec. 13, but that timeline looks increasingly doubtful, because negotiators among Democrats still have much to work out and Congress will also have to boost the debt ceiling by Dec. 15, which will distract attention from passing Biden’s legislation.

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