Senate Sends Bill to Biden Ending Furlough of 3,700 Transportation Workers

WASHINGTON — The Senate met briefly on Saturday to ship a invoice to President Biden reviving key transportation applications that had lapsed two days earlier and bringing again practically 4,000 furloughed employees.

The uncommon weekend session was crucial as a result of Congress didn’t handle expiring transportation applications when it handed laws on Thursday to avert a authorities shutdown. These reauthorizations had been included in a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure invoice that had been scheduled for a vote on the identical day however by no means got here up amid deep divisions amongst congressional Democrats over the measure.

Senators authorized by unanimous consent a movement from Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon and the chairman of the Finance Committee, to prolong the expiring transportation applications for 30 days and finish the furloughs of 3,700 employees. The stopgap invoice, which the Home handed on Friday by a vote of 365 to 51, would prolong the applications by Oct. 31.

It now heads to President Biden, who is predicted to signal it.

The Saturday vote capped an intense week on the Capitol, the place Democrats tried and failed to advance a significant piece of Mr. Biden’s agenda. The practically 100-member Congressional Progressive Caucus blocked a vote on the $1 trillion infrastructure invoice within the Home, looking for leverage to safe passage of a bigger $3.5 trillion home coverage invoice that Mr. Biden, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the bulk chief, had assured the caucus would advance as half of a “two-track” course of with the infrastructure invoice.

The progressives’ stance compelled Ms. Pelosi to delay a deliberate vote on the infrastructure invoice and in the end prompted Mr. Biden to aspect with them in saying that there might be no vote on that invoice till settlement on the far broader social coverage and local weather measure had been reached.

In a letter to lawmakers on Saturday, Ms. Pelosi urged passage of the infrastructure invoice by the tip of the month, and signaled that Democratic leaders have been persevering with to negotiate the broader social coverage and local weather invoice with Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, two Democratic holdouts who’re key swing votes wanted to go laws within the Senate.

“Once more, we are going to and should go each payments quickly,” Ms. Pelosi wrote. “We’ve got the accountability and the chance to achieve this.”

Ms. Sinema launched a press release on Saturday condemning the delay of the vote on infrastructure, calling it a “failure” and “deeply disappointing for communities throughout our nation.”

“Denying People thousands and thousands of good-paying jobs, safer roads, cleaner water, extra dependable electrical energy and higher broadband solely hurts on a regular basis households,” Ms. Sinema mentioned. “Arizonans, and all on a regular basis People, anticipate their lawmakers to contemplate laws on the deserves — quite than impede new jobs and demanding infrastructure investments for no substantive motive.”

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