Group aligned with House GOP leadership targeting nine Democrats on spending vote

A group aligned with House GOP leadership is targeting nine Democrats in a $2 million ad buy ahead of a vote on the party’s social spending package, urging them to oppose the legislation.

The American Action Network (AAN) will run television and digital ads targeting Democratic Reps. Dan KildeeDaniel (Dan) Timothy KildeePandemic pushes teachers unions to center stage ahead of midterms Overnight Defense & National Security — Nation marks 1 year since Capitol riot Biden, top officials spread out to promote infrastructure package MORE (Mich.), Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterCO lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate police's knowledge about alleged shooter The Hill's 12:30 Report: 2021 ends with 40-year inflation high On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood MORE (Colo.), Josh Harder (Calif.), Chris PappasChristopher (Chris) Charles PappasNew Hampshire Republicans advance map with substantially redrawn districts Chris Pappas launches reelection bid in New Hampshire Top House Democratic group launches six-figure ad campaign to sell infrastructure package MORE (N.H.), Tom MalinowskiThomas (Tom) MalinowskiJan. 6 brings Democrats, Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent In their own words: Lawmakers, staffers remember Jan. 6 insurrection Five areas where Biden faces pressure to do more on COVID-19 MORE (N.J.), Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyClyburn says he's worried about losing House, 'losing this democracy' On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Florida Democrats call on DeSantis to accept federal help to expand COVID-19 testing MORE (Fla.), Andy Kim (N.J.), Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaVulnerable House Democrat announces reelection bid on anniversary of Jan. 6 Virginia Supreme Court approves new lines for key swing districts Proposed Virginia maps put rising-star House Democrats at risk MORE (Va.) and Abigail SpanbergerAbigail Davis SpanbergerFormer Virginia House candidate becomes latest Republican to challenge Spanberger Senate Democrats introduce bill to ban stock trades in Congress Vulnerable House Democrat announces reelection bid on anniversary of Jan. 6 MORE (Va.), urging them to vote against the social spending package.

The group cites the increases in taxes and spending as reasons why the lawmakers should vote against the legislation.

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All nine Democrats being targeted by the group are also considered “vulnerable Democrats” by the National Republican Congressional Committee for the 2022 midterms. The party’s fundraising arm says it is targeting those lawmakers and 61 others ahead of next year’s elections.

The push from AAN comes as congressional Democrats are looking to put the finishing touches on their behemoth $1.75 trillion social spending package, dubbed the Build Back Better Act, and send it to President BidenJoe BidenCarville advises Democrats to 'quit being a whiny party' Wendy Sherman takes leading role as Biden's 'hard-nosed' Russia negotiator Sullivan: 'It's too soon to tell' if Texas synagogue hostage situation part of broader extremist threat MORE’s desk.

Many in the party were pulling for the House to approve the package earlier this month, alongside the bipartisan infrastructure bill, but that possibility was rejected due to internal clashes within the Democratic Party.

A coalition of moderates refused to hold a vote on the bill unless they had a score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which was not yet completed.

Lawmakers and top administration officials, however, are now pulling for the House to approve the legislation this week through budget reconciliation, which would buck a potential filibuster by only requiring a simple majority vote for passage.

Approval of the package would deliver a significant win for Democrats and Biden especially, who has seen slumping poll numbers in recent weeks due in part to rising prices nationwide and COVID-19 issues lingering as the holidays approach.