The decision by the pastor and civil rights activist added to a wave of Democrats deciding not to run for re-election in a difficult midterm cycle.
The president’s domestic policy ambitions hang in the balance, but little legislative action is expected ahead of the anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot.
President Biden and Senator Joe Manchin III have many differences over the proposed domestic policy bill, but one issue stands out: the child tax credit.
A day after Senator Joe Manchin III said he could not support a $2.2 trillion climate, tax and spending plan, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, was undeterred.
The figure would allow the government to continue borrowing to finance its obligations without further action by Congress until after the 2022 midterm elections.
The West Virginia Democrat said he still harbored serious concerns about the $2.2 trillion measure, potentially frustrating his party’s push to win Senate approval before Christmas.
Fourteen Republicans joined Democrats in voting to take up legislation that would pave the way for Congress to raise the debt ceiling by a simple majority vote, skirting a filibuster.
The action was largely symbolic, but it allowed Republicans to press an attack on Democrats that is likely to be central to their midterm election campaigns.
Former President Donald J. Trump did not attend the tribute, but President Biden was on hand as Bette Midler, Joni Mitchell, Berry Gordy, Justino Díaz and Lorne Michaels were honored.
The centrist Democrat from Florida put the brakes on President Biden’s social safety net legislation because of concerns about cost. Then she brokered a deal to steer it through the House.