Some Liberals have remained adamant that without legislation – and a clear pledge of support from Ms Sinema and Mr Manchin – they would not vote for the infrastructure measure.
Yet the extremely tight governor race in Virginia was another motivator for Democrats to act on the public works bill, according to two members of the House. The Democratic candidate, former governor Terry McAuliffe, would like to spend the last days of the campaign bombing the state to show where new projects would be built.
Liberal members of the House and Senate are likely to have much to complain about. The centerpiece of Mr Biden’s climate change policy – a move to reward utilities for switching to renewables and punish those who won’t – has been removed at Mr Manchin’s insistence . One of the most important social policies in the original program, a $ 500 billion federal allowance for family and medical leave, is also set to disappear.
The promise of two years of free community college will not be kept, and the expanded child tax credit, passed in March to give most families income support of $ 300 per child, is only expected to be extended until ‘in 2023, and not made permanent.
Other measures have not been resolved, including an expansion of Medicare benefits to cover hearing, vision and dental care. An attempt to expand Medicaid in the 12 states that have refused to do so under the Affordable Care Act appeared to fail, but a Senate adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the plan was likely to include health insurance subsidies instead. until 2025 for the inhabitants of these states.
President Nancy Pelosi of California has said over and over again that the latest social policy measure will be “for the kids,” and she can probably claim that she has kept that commitment. Under the expected deal, most families would receive six years of help with childcare costs, ensuring that a lower percentage of their total income is spent on childcare.
The universal benefits of preschool would last even longer, effectively extending public school until age 3. For older Americans, the framework should include several years of community and home health care.