Congressional Update: Infrastructure, Budget Bills, Government Shutdown?
U.S. House and Senate Democrats continue negotiating a way forward for the $1 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and a partisan $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.
On Saturday, September 25, the House Budget Committee will combine the House committees’ individual portions of the reconciliation package – including the tax provisions – into one package.
This package as it currently stands has no chance of passing the Senate, as Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have reiterated their opposition to the size and scope of the current House version.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has pledged to not hold a vote in the House before an agreement can be reached with Senate, which would not pass the House’s current package without significant changes.
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Senators will have their own opportunity to markup and submit amendments for their version of the reconciliation package.
In August, Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) submitted an amendment prohibiting people making more than $100,000 a year from claiming EV tax credits and to end tax credits for EVs that cost more than $40,000. Both Senators Manchin and Sinema supported the amendment.
As a reminder, government funding expires on September 30.
Since Congress has not finalized a FY 22 spending package, Congress must pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to temporarily keep the government open.
Democrats are attempting to combine a CR with a debt ceiling increase, which Senate Republicans have pledged to oppose.