United States: resumption of parliamentary discussions on economic reforms

The various parliamentary committees have until September 15, 2021 to present the precise content of Joe Biden's economic reforms.

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Discussions resume in the US Congress on Thursday about Joe Biden's economic reforms.

There are two plans that the US president keeps touting.

That for infrastructure, of $ 1,200 billion and that for social spending, known as the reconciliation plan, of $ 3,500 billion.

Two plans and two pitfalls: divisions between Democratic parliamentarians and paying the bill

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With our correspondent in Washington, 

Guillaume Naudin

It is a letter from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen that raises the alarm.

At the current rate of spending, the United States will hit the debt ceiling in October and will struggle to honor its commitments.

This falls badly as Democrats scramble for cash to fund their plans.

When you can no longer borrow, there are two solutions.

The first is to increase taxes.

No question for Joe Biden, at least for the middle classes.

On the other hand, he would gladly dig into the pockets of large companies and the

richest

who do not hear it that way and are currently using all the levers of lobbying to avoid it.

Pause

The second way out is to limit spending.

That's the idea of ​​West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, whose voice is vital to pushing through these reforms.

He wants to press the pause button and limit the social plan to 1.5 trillion dollars.

He is not the only one.

The so-called moderate Democratic parliamentarians fear the consequences on debt and inflation.

But for the most liberal, the $ 3.5 trillion promised by

Joe Biden

is already a compromise.

One of theirs, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, would like an agreement before the end of the month.

Discussions to achieve this promise to be interesting. 

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