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U.S. Senate agenda includes Biden investment plan, debt limit, voting rights -Schumer

US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) visits the Senate after the Senate Democrats’ weekly political lunch at the United States Capitol in Washington, USA on November 30, 2021. REUTERS / Elizabeth Frantz / File Photo

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WASHINGTON, Dec.6 (Reuters) – The United States Senate faces a busy legislative agenda in the remaining weeks of 2021 as Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has warned of possible long sessions to complete the Bill d President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” investment, raise the debt limit and consider voting rights reforms.

In a letter from “dear colleague” to fellow Democrats in the Senate, Schumer underscored his “goal” to pass the $ 1.75 trillion bill investing in expanded social programs and climate change solutions “before Christmas. and send it to the president’s office ”.

Any Senate changes to this House-passed bill would have to be approved by the House of Representatives before they can be sent to Biden for signature.

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The Senate parliamentarian has yet to consider many pieces of the legislation, including an immigration provision, and decide whether they can be included in the bill as part of a special “budget reconciliation” process that requires stricter controls than ordinary legislation.

Meanwhile, the Treasury Department this month may run out of money to fund federal borrowing, and Schumer has included a bill to increase the debt limit on his list of things to do. Republicans have vowed not to vote for an increase in the debt ceiling.

For weeks now, the Senate has also struggled to pass a sprawling defense authorization bill amid Republican roadblocks.

Because of the time it may take to process these items, “without cooperation, senators should prepare for possible weekend votes,” Schumer warned his colleagues.

In this sense, in recent months, Republicans have repeatedly blocked Senate debate on voting bills. Nonetheless, Schumer included this initiative in his December targets. He did not say how he would advance the legislation if Republicans engaged in an expected obstruction that would require 60 votes in the 100-member chamber to break a deadlock.

Schumer said there would also be memorial services this week for the late Senator Bob Dole, who died on Sunday.

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Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by David Gregorio

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