Democratic leaders are racing to bring up President Joe Biden's massive social welfare and green energy spending bill as soon as next week even though a critical Centrist in their party is not on board. On Friday, party leaders upped the urgency for passing the $1.85 trillion measure after the United States reported the November inflation rate had grown to 6.8%, the highest level since 1982. [tweet_embed] December 14, 2021[/tweet_embed] They claimed that the legislation would work to lower inflation, defying critics who stated the massive bill would only increase inflation. "Today's consumer price index data makes clear: If we want to fight inflation and lower costs, the best thing we can do is to pass Build Back Better," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, announced, reacting to the inflation report. The accelerating inflation rate will make it even harder to win over Sen. Joe Manchin, who is expected to be the deciding Democratic vote in the quest to pass Build Back Better ahead of the holidays. Democrats control just 50 votes, and every party lawmaker has to vote for the legislation for Vice President Kamala Harris to break the tie. [tweet_embed] December 14, 2021[/tweet_embed] This week, the West Virginia Centrist seemed to be in no hurry to speed up consideration of the measure. There are promises from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to pass the bill by Christmas. Manchin warned he wants "major changes" in the legislation and is concerned that the new round of massive spending will just aggravate the country's historic inflation levels. Manchin said that rising food and energy prices have affected West Virginians, and he signaled he's not accepting the latest allegation that the bill would reduce inflation. "I don't know how you control inflation when the first year of spending is going to be quite large," Manchin announced this week. "And that's an awful lot more of federal dollars going into a time when we have uncertainty and inflation now at 6.2%, maybe going higher." Last week, Manchin showed reporters a card that listed legislation passed by Congress since the COVID-19 pandemic started. It pumped more than $6 trillion into the economy, more than the cost of World War II, he pointed out. The measure would form a broad array of new government programs and subsidies, much of it aimed at childcare and healthcare. Another significant portion of the legislation would implement new green energy policies, including a methane fee that analysts announce will raise natural gas prices by double digits. [tweet_embed] December 14, 2021[/tweet_embed] In a statement Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, described the bill as "the most significant cost-cutting and inflation-fighting measure in recent history." The bill would provide a yearlong extension of the child tax credit, free childcare and preschool for many families, and a month of paid family and medical leave.