Report: Chuck Schumer to Push Biden’s Radical Agenda Through Senate Mid-December

United States Senator from New York Chuck Schumer attends the 2016 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, in New York.
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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will reportedly jam the $1.9 trillion reconciliation package through the Senate in mid-December.

Schumer told his Democrat lieutenants Monday evening about his intentions to pass the package during the week of December 13, pending the parliamentarian finalizing what is allowed to be included within the massive tax and spending measure, according to Politico.

Under the parliamentarian’s consideration is whether the package complies with the House’s version of the bill, which is rife with items that are unrelated to a budgeting process, a key limiting factor of the reconciliation tactic.

“Democrats will continue to meet with the Senate parliamentarian in order to complete the technical and procedural work required before a bill comes to the floor. Meetings were held over the Thanksgiving week, and we will continue this week and next week as needed,” Schumer said Monday.

It is unclear if all of the far-left provisions of the package will pass the Senate. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has criticized many of the massive tax provisions of the bill, while Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is worried the massive package will increase President Biden’s thirty-year high inflation. Manchin has also voiced concerns over the package’s greatest expansion of welfare since Lyndon Johnson’s 1960’s Great Society.

In order to pass the radical package, Schumer must carefully plan the Senate’s legislative days to avoid a logjam. First on his plate is to fund the federal government. The government is scheduled to go insolvent on Friday. There seems to be some agreement between McConnell and Schumer on the necessity of not letting the government go bankrupt.

After that, Schumer must raise the debt limit before December 15, a maneuver McConnell has promised to allow Democrats to perform on their own. Manchin has suggested a second time-consuming reconciliation package may be needed to raise the limit.

“Look, we’re going by Treasury’s guidance. They say right now, Dec. 15. So we have to address it by then. We’ll go by Treasury’s guidance,” McConnell said Tuesday.

Schumer is also currently battling Republicans on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which usually is a routine bipartisan piece of legislation every year. Republicans defeated a vote on the measure Monday night. Republicans have asked for more amendments to be made to the text of the bill.

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