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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

House Democratic leaders are telling lawmakers they plan to pass both a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and a $1.75 trillion social spending bill as early as Tuesday, two sources familiar with the conversations tell Axios.

Why it matters: It’s a very ambitious timeline, but leadership is eager to deliver a win to President Biden while he meets with world leaders in Europe.

  • This would mark dramatic progress since the president left the country on Thursday with only a deal on a framework for his massive social spending bill, but no votes.

What we’re hearing: House leadership told the committees they have until Sunday to finish making changes to the Build Back Better bill, a leadership aide tells Axios.

  • Then the House Rules Committee would meet as soon as Monday to mark up the package, and a floor vote would happen as soon as Tuesday.
  • The aide emphasized the schedule is “not set in stone yet.”

Between the lines: If Democrats succeed, the votes would coincide with a gubernatorial election in Virginia that politicians view as a referendum on Biden’s first year in office.

  • Though Virginia has trended Democratic in recent cycles and went for Biden by 10 points in 2020, former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is locked in a dead heat with Republican Glenn Youngkin.
  • Biden himself pled with House Democrats during a caucus meeting on Thursday that the fate of the two packages will be key to the electoral success of his administration and congressional Democrats.

What's next: House progressives, some of whom have withheld support for the infrastructure bill until they have been assured the Senate will pass the social spending measure, are meeting virtually on Sunday afternoon, two Democratic aides tell Axios.

  • The meeting is being billed to members as "an important update on the [Build Back Better Act]."
  • Progressives appear supportive of leadership's plan to advance both bills quickly this week, but the meeting aims to solidify a position for the caucus as a whole, according to one of the aides.

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Right-wingers making McCarthy sweat for future Speaker post

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stands with his Republican colleagues outside the House on Nov. 17. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Right-wing elements in the Republican Party are complicating House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's attempts to become the next speaker of the House should the GOP take back the majority in 2022.

Why it matters: While McCarthy has worked carefully to build trust among the conservatives who tanked his chances at clinching the speakership in 2015, they're still circling ahead of the next Speaker vote in January 2023.

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Congress sprints to meet crush of deadlines

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Congressional leaders have been pushing off vital action for months — and a lot of it will catch up with them in December, which begins Wednesday.

Driving the news: Funding for the federal government is set to expire at midnight on Friday. There are also consequential deadlines related to the debt limit, President Biden's agenda and annual actions like voting on the National Defense Authorization Act.

Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi announces bid for New York governor

Rep. Tom Suozzi speaking outside of Congress in December 2020. Photo: Cheriss May/Getty Images

Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-N.Y.) announced Monday he will run for governor of New York in 2022.

Why it matters via Axios' Alayna Treene: Suozzi’s announcement makes him the 18th House Democrat to announce he will not seek re-election. It comes as Democrats are increasingly concerned about their prospects of keeping the House majority in the 2022 midterm elections.