(ConservativeInsider.org) – Democrats are struggling to get President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better (BBB) plan through the Senate as some lawmakers, like Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), try to bring down the hefty price tag. However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is feeling the pressure to pass the massive social spending bill before the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases its next Consumer Price Index (CPI) report.
On Monday, December 20, Schumer urged his fellow lawmakers to prepare for an early January vote on voting rights legislation and the BBB act. He emphasized that they “will keep voting on it until we get something done.”
While there’s no true deadline to pass the bill, the BLS is set to release its next report on inflation on January 12, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. Americans expect the report to highlight the increased inflation this holiday season, as America’s savings accounts chase a shortage of goods, forcing prices to rise across the board. If the BBB plan is not passed by then, it’ll be difficult for Democrats to convince anyone else it’s a good time to spend even more taxpayer money.
National Review senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty shared his view of Schumer’s situation on Twitter:
Does Chuck Schumer hold his defiant, symbolic vote on BBB before or after the next update on the Consumer Price Index on January 12?
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) December 20, 2021
While Schumer has not admitted he has a deadline for the BBB legislation, he’s very likely feeling the pressure of the impending report. Yet, every lawmakers’ job is to listen to their constituents and vote on their behalf. So, if Americans continue to ask their representatives to back off the nearly $2-trillion BBB plan, Schumer may have no choice but to lay down the fight for now.
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