… And welcome to our coverage of the day on US politics.
It might not be a very good day for Democrats in Washington, from Joe Biden in the White House to leaders, at least, in the House and the Senate. At least it will be very busy.
On Sunday night, the Senate parliamentarian struck a blow to progressives in the party by declaring that they could not include a path to citizenship for undocumented migrants in the gargantuan expense bill that they hope to pass through reconciliation, that is to say by a majority alone in the Senate. Majority leader Chuck Schumer has indicated he will have another thought.
Plus, efforts to keep the party together on this difficult at best $ 3.5 billion spending package appear to be unraveling badly enough. Party figures indicated a promised House vote on a bipartite agreement on infrastructure intended to be associated with the expense bill could be delayed. It would anger progressives, while moderates continue to feel uncomfortable with the larger spending envelope.
In the Senate, Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona, two leading moderates in a 50-50 split chamber, have doubts about the spending bill and are said to have expressed them, Manchin to voters and Sinema to Biden, in the Oval Office.
In addition to all this there is 10 days left to settle government funding and avoid a stoppage, while in the Senate, the Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, refuses to play ball raise the debt ceiling, what the United States must do soon. It’s pretty unprecedented, but McConnell is going McConnell – the author of a memoir called The Long Game has his eye on the midpoints in 2022, as well as pushing / appeasing the Trumpist wave in his own party and keeping the reins.
In the midst of it all, Joe Biden has to fly to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, with questions about the rise of China, withdrawal from Afghanistan and of course a lot more buzzing around the large modern building on the banks of the rippling East River.
Expect a busy day. Here’s to set you up for Lauren Gambino’s excellent primer on what all the machinations of Congress could mean for Biden’s legacy and the Democrats’ grip on power: