Democrats in the Senate are preparing to miss the deadline to pass President Joe Biden’s $1.7 trillion “Build Back Better” social safety net bill before the end of the year, according to four sources familiar with planning by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office.
The decision to try again in 2022 is based on simple math — Schumer doesn’t have the 50 votes needed to pass the legislation — and also, in part, because Senate Democrats haven’t finished negotiating the bill.
Two congressional sources said a vote could be delayed until March. The sources asked to speak anonymously in order to provide frank assessments of internal discussions.
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