Make or break time for Joe Biden’s agenda as meaningful bills confront long-delay…

The US House of Representatives is expected to vote on Friday on the social policy and climate-change bill and a bipartisan infrastructure bill that form the centerpiece of President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda, a senior Democratic aide said on Thursday.

Democrats have missed past self-imposed deadlines to vote on the legislation, but their leadership feels confident they can finish on Friday, the aide said.

Earlier on Thursday night, Mr Biden was calling various House members and urging them to approve the $1.75 trillion reconciliation bill, a White House official said.

Democrats want to pass that bill and the $1 trillion infrastructure measure, which has already been approved by the Senate, by Thanksgiving later this month.

Mr Biden left for Europe last week for a meeting of G20 leaders and a UN climate conference without a deal on the legislation. 

An affirmative vote before the conclusion of the climate conference in Glasgow on Nov 12 would bolster the credibility of Mr Biden’s potential to halve US greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030.

Democrats are reeling from a disappointing loss in Virginia this week when a Republican won the governor’s office in a state Mr Biden won handily in 2020. 

The party is eager to show it can move forward on the president’s agenda, and fend off Republicans in the 2022 midterm elections when control of the House and Senate will be on the line.

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