As President Biden and his allies in Congress work to whittle down the size of their ambitious domestic plans, Democrats must sell a bill without knowing precisely what will be in it.
The legislation, which the president is expected to sign quickly, lifts the debt ceiling until early December, when another congressional showdown looms.
Mr. Yarmuth, the lone Democrat in his state’s congressional delegation and a key proponent of President Biden’s domestic agenda, said he would not seek re-election.
A day after agreeing to allow a short-term increase in the federal debt limit to move forward, the Republican leader said Democrats should not expect such cooperation in December.
The agreement avoids catastrophic consequences of a default by the federal government, but runs only through early December.
By keeping the legislative day from ending, Speaker Nancy Pelosi avoided breaking a promise to moderates to hold a vote by month’s end.
Just before 11 p.m., the vote on a crucial part of President Biden’s economic agenda was rescheduled for Friday, giving Democrats more time to reach agreement.
Mr. Manchin said Thursday night that $1.5 trillion in social spending — less than half what liberals have sought — “does exactly the necessary things we need to do.”
Senate Democrats pushed forward with a party-line procedural vote on the measure, but it is all but guaranteed to fail in the face of Republican opposition.
The legislation passed 65 to 35, and now heads to the House, where it is also expected to be approved, clearing it for President Biden’s signature.