Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley — Presented by Cisco — Feds forge ahead on internet 'nutrition labels' Senate set for muted battle over Breyer successor Hillicon Valley — Biden celebrates 'right to repair' wins MORE (D-Minn.) said on Sunday that she is confident Democrats’ social spending bill will be finished before Christmas.

“You laid out what you see as the benefits of the plan. But your Democratic colleague from West Virginia, Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Health Care — ObamaCare gets record numbers On The Money — Economy had post-recession growth in 2021 Progressives apply pressure on Biden, Senate to pass Build Back Better MORE, continues to signal that he wants to push this off until next year. What are the consequences of delay? Are you confident it will get done before Christmas?” “This Week” host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosAlec Baldwin turns over cell phone in 'Rust' probe How a nice-guy South Dakota senator fell into a Trump storm GOP senator says he would 'take a hard look' at another Trump run MORE asked Klobuchar on ABC.

“I am. Sen. Manchin is still at the negotiating table, talking to us every day, talking to us about voting rights, getting that bill done, restoring the Senate. He's talking to us about this bill,” the Minnesota senator answered.

Klobuchar noted that senators have a busy week ahead of them, including passing their annual defense policy bill, raising the debt ceiling before early December, and passing voting rights legislation as well their social spending bill.

“We can get this done. To me, it’s an old song,” Klobuchar quipped.

“The song is a little less talk and a lot more action,” she said.

The Senate after the Thanksgiving break is expected to take up a social spending bill that passed the House earlier this month. Some Democrats anticipate that it be tweaked from the House-passed version.

“Whatever it is, it will still be transformative and historic. And I don’t fear that,” Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiBriahna Joy Gray discusses Pelosi's 2022 re-election announcement The Hill's Morning Report - Who will replace Justice Breyer? House Republicans bash Democrats' China competition bill MORE (D-Calif.) said.

Some Democratic senators are trying to work with Manchin to retain aspects of the social spending bill that passed the House. Sen Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDocumentary to be released on Gabby Giffords's recovery from shooting Tlaib blasts Biden judicial nominee whose firm sued environmental lawyer The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Biden faces reporters as his agenda teeters MORE (D-N.Y.) said last weekend she was working on keeping paid family leave in the package.