Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said during a private caucus call Tuesday night that he plans to hold a floor vote on President Joe Biden’s social spending bill in January, even as the legislation’s fate remains uncertain.
Senate Democrats convened virtually on the longest night of the year for the first time since Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said over the weekend that he could not support Biden’s $1.7 trillion climate and social policy plan in its current form. During the call, Schumer vowed to press ahead with the hope of eventually shaping a deal that all 50 members of the Democratic caucus can support.
“I know we are all frustrated at this outcome,” Schumer told his members, using the party’s acronym for the bill known as Build Back Better. “However, we are not giving up on BBB. Period. We won’t stop working on it until we pass a bill.”
Manchin also participated in the virtual caucus call and addressed members at the beginning of the discussion. In his remarks, the centrist reiterated that he’s held the same positions on the social spending package for five months and said he continues to have concerns about inflation, according to two people familiar with his remarks.