The House plans to reconvene next Friday and consider the Democrats’ sprawling climate, tax and health care bill, pending the Senate’s passage of the multibillion-dollar package in the next days.
The office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) sent an update to the floor Friday announcing that votes are expected on Friday, August 12. The House is currently out of session for the August recess.
“Members are advised that pending Senate action on the Cut Inflation Act of 2022, the House is scheduled to meet on Friday, August 12 to consider the legislation,” the prosecutor’s office update read.
“Members are further advised that the House is scheduled to meet at 9:00 a.m. for Legislative Business, and several rounds of votes are expected,” the memo adds.
The Senate is expected to pass the bill, titled the Inflation Reduction Act, in the coming days. The first vote on the package — which is being considered as part of budget reconciliation, a process that allows Democrats to pass the bill without Republican support — is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
The initial vote will then lead to hours of debate followed by a scoop vote, when senators propose amendments in hopes of altering the legislation before it goes to the final vote.
Votes-a-ramas are not subject to time limits, leaving the timing of the final Senate passage up in the air.
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (DN.Y.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) announced last week that they had reached an agreement on what they called the Privacy Act. reduction in inflation, capping months of intra-party negotiations over a climate, tax and health care bill. The measure includes $369 billion for an emergency and climate program and allocates more than $300 billion to reduce the deficit.
The legislation received a boost Thursday night when Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) said she would go ahead with the measure after reaching an agreement with Schumer.
Once the bill reaches the House, it is expected to pass and head to President Biden’s office for final signing.
“The Democratic Congress will soon pass our historic Cut Inflation Act, taking bold steps to cut the costs of the kitchen table – from health care premiums to prescription drug costs to drug prices. energy – while closing tax loopholes and reducing the deficit,” said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (D-California) said in a statement Friday that applauded the July jobs report.
In November, the House passed a roughly $2 trillion social policy and climate package called the Build Back Better Act, but the legislation ultimately foundered in the Senate after Manchin said he could not. sustain. The Inflation Reduction Act is a slimmed down version of this gigantic bill.
The House broke last Friday for its August recess, which was to last the whole month. The leadership, however, has warned that the chamber would have to reconvene if the Senate passes a reconciliation package.