Lead: Into The Congressional Metaverse
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on the social spending bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi re-wrote the bill late into the night on Thursday and expects to convene the House for a vote early on Friday.
The latest version of the bill includes paid family leave of up to four weeks for new parents as well as medical leave. Currently, the United States guarantees no time for that. Zero days. Zero minutes.
The latest version also increases the amount of state and local tax that one can write off on federal taxes from $10,000 to $72,500. This is known as SALT deductions and Democrats really wanted this increase to happen after it was capped in 2017 by then-President Trump.
The bill also allows undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. since 2011 to apply for a legal classification called “parole,” which would protect them from deportation and offer them work permits. It is not a direct route to a green card though. It seems more of a holding pattern for the nearly 7 million people that would qualify.
Democrats are not sure if this will pass, especially because West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin is still not with them, but they are going to give it a go anyway.