Democrats see Friday vote as likely for Biden bill

House Democrats are eyeing a Friday vote on the $1.75 trillion climate and social benefits package at the heart of President BidenJoe BidenMarcus Garvey's descendants call for Biden to pardon civil rights leader posthumously GOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania ​​Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors MORE's domestic policy agenda.

Party leaders are racing to approve the bill and send it to the Senate before the weeklong Thanksgiving recess, which begins this weekend, and some are still floating the idea that the legislation could receive a vote as early as Thursday.

But members of the Democratic whip team, after huddling with Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPhotos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Hospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level MORE (D-Calif.) and other party leaders in the Capitol basement Wednesday morning, emerged predicting the vote is more likely to come Friday.


"We're being told there's almost no way we'll be back here [to vote on the Build Back Better Act] on Thursday," said one of the lawmakers, relaying the message from leadership. "We're planning for Friday."

Rep. Richard NealRichard Edmund NealGOP fears boomerang as threat of government shutdown grows House passes giant social policy and climate measure The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE (D-Mass.), chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, left open the possibility that the vote could still happen Thursday — depending on when a series of cost estimates emerge from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).

"The fulcrum is just waiting for the CBO score, which has been suggested that could be maybe tomorrow," Neal said. "We're on the precipice."

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerOvernight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff On The Money — Congress races to keep the lights on MORE (D-Md.) had said Tuesday that debate on the massive social spending and climate package would begin Wednesday.

That plan has been scrapped as Democrats move Wednesday to vote on a resolution punishing Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarTo avoid electoral disaster Biden needs enemies, not friends McCarthy laments distractions from far-right members War of words escalates in House MORE (R-Ariz.), through censure and removal from his committee seats, for promoting an animated video depicting himself engaging in violence against Biden and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level McCarthy laments distractions from far-right members MORE (D-N.Y.).


"Obviously, we have to deal with that first," said Rep. Juan VargasJuan C. VargasDemocrats see Friday vote as likely for Biden bill House Democrats aim for Thursday vote on social spending package Progressives see infrastructure vote next week MORE (D-Calif.).

Others said the larger factor in pushing the Build Back Better debate to Thursday was related to the debate over the CBO cost analysis. The budget office has already released the estimates related to those provisions of the package under the jurisdiction of nine separate committees, but a handful of moderates are awaiting several more reports — including those covering the crucial Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce components — before they'll support the legislation.

The CBO had indicated earlier in the week that those final reports would be released by day's end on Friday, but Democrats are hoping for a quicker timeline.

"They're coming, they're dribbling out," said Rep. Jerry McNerneyGerlad (Jerry) Mark McNerneyDemocrats see Friday vote as likely for Biden bill Proposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Equilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — China's president to video in for climate confab MORE (D-Calif.). "They're saying it's possible tonight but more likely tomorrow.

"We'll probably vote on it on Friday."

Aris Folley contributed.