Roundtable Weekly
Democrats Advance Human Infrastructure Package While Facing Tight Deadlines on Physical Infrastructure Bill, Budget Funding and Debt Ceiling
September 16, 2021

Capitol Building in Washington, DC side view
House Democrats this week advanced 13 committee bills – including positive measures affecting commercial real estate – that will be assembled into a massive $3.5 trillion “human” infrastructure package for policymakers to consider as soon as this month. (See Roundtable Weekly stories below for details on tax, energy and transportation legislation). 

Human and Physical Infrastructure 

  • Democrats aim to pass President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and tax package in the House and Senate without Republican support using the budget reconciliation process – despite signals of resistance from some caucus members in a narrowly divided Congress. (BGov, Sept. 15)  

  • Additionally, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has set a Sept. 27 deadline for the House to vote on a separate, bipartisan “physical” infrastructure bill passed by the Senate on Aug. 10. (Roundtable Weekly, Sept. 10 and Aug. 20

  • Congress also needs to act on FY22 government funding by October 1 to avoid a partial shutdown – and reach agreement on raising the federal debt ceiling in October to avoid a national credit downgrade or default. (Politico, Sept. 12) 

Roundtable Response

Real Estate Roundtable Town Hall on Reconciliation bill

[Photo, right to left: Roundtable Chair John Fish (Chairman and CEO, Suffolk); Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer and Senior Vice President & Counsel Ryan McCormick during today's Town Hall discussion on the House reconciliation package.]

  • The physical infrastructure bill’s impact on CRE was the focus of a discussion published Sept. 15 in The Real Deal, featuring Roundtable Chair John Fish (Chairman and CEO, Suffolk) and Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer. 

  • Fish stated in the article, “At the end of the day, these are investments that the government is going to be sponsoring, that creates economic activity, job creation, and a sense of equality across our communities of America.”

  • DeBoer commented, “We think it’s very important and very much needed, long overdue. I think everyone agrees that what is needed immediately is to work on our infrastructure, repairing roads, bridges, inter-city rail, broadband, water systems, and all of these things are definitely needed.” (The Real Deal, Sept. 15)

  • The Real Estate Roundtable also held an all-member Town Hall discussion this afternoon to address specific measures in the House’s human infrastructure bill, including its tax policy aspects. The event featured The Roundtable’s John Fish, Jeffrey DeBoer and Senior Vice President & Counsel Ryan McCormick. 

  • A coalition of 13 real estate trade organizations, including The Roundtable, yesterday urged congressional leaders to raise the statutory debt limit as soon as possible. The letter stated, “Given the more than $8.6 trillion in mortgage debt backed by the federal government through Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Ginnie Mae and other federal agencies, the housing and real estate markets are particularly susceptible to any instability stemming from concern about the U.S. meeting its financial obligations.” (Coalition letter, Sept. 16) 

The many policy issues now in play for CRE will be the focus of discussions during The Roundtable’s Fall Meeting on Oct. 5 in Washington, DC (Roundtable-level members only). 

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