House Democrats put paid family leave back into their spending bill. The bill is seen as crucial to codifying the Democratic agenda and delivering a victory for President Joe Biden and his administration amid declining polls.
The provision for paid family leave is popular, but has almost abandoned the bill after Senator Joe Manchin (DW. Va.), A moderate, outspoken opponent of it.
The change has been announced in a letter of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Early Wednesday morning who said the Rules Committee would hold a hearing later that day to consider it.
“We planned for a Rules Committee hearing on the Build Back Better legislation on Monday, but proposals for change kept coming in. This morning we will be submitting the amendment to Rules which contains some changes. “Members were asked to further review the legal text that was posted six days ago, as well as the amendment that will be released this morning,” Pelosi wrote.
The Speaker noted that some “outstanding” issues will need to be addressed with the legislation, especially as she has promised not to force House lawmakers to vote on anything that cannot win 50 votes in the Senate.
“It was my intention during this process to sit on the House floor and pass a bill that would pass the Senate in the same form,” Pelosi wrote.
“Because I was informed by a senator about opposition to some of the priorities contained in our bill and because we need to have legislation that the House and Senate have agreed on in the final version of the Build Back Better Act that we will send to the president’s desk, we must strive to find common ground in the legislation. ”
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