WASHINGTON – California President Nancy Pelosi said late Sunday that the House of Representatives on Thursday will vote on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, giving Democrats more time to reach consensus on achieving President Biden’s large-scale domestic package.
The vote will take place hours before the end of state funding – such as major transport programs, reflected in the Infrastructure Act – on October 1, leaving the legislature with a narrow margin of error.
Pelosi promised to vote on the bill until Monday last month when a group of Democrats was voting against signing the party’s $3.5 trillion social policy and budget needed to pass the climate bill. Threatened if not promised. The Senate passed a quick vote on the infrastructure measure last month.
But progressive lawmakers have vowed not to support the Infrastructure Bill until Congress passes a $3.5 trillion plan to secure major new investments in education, health care, child care, paid vacations, and climate programs. This package is not complete.
Pelosis’ announcement that the House will seek to pass an infrastructure bill this weekend reflects the difficult task Democratic leaders face as they work together to agree progress on the agenda. Let’s try.
“I would never come up with a bill that doesn’t have a vote,” Pelosi said on Sunday of the ABC’s infrastructure bill.
Biden and members of his cabinet met with lawmakers over the weekend to push the two bills to a final, according to a White House official familiar with the discussions.
With a much smaller majority, Pelosi could only lose three votes on the social plan, and Senate Democrats expect her to be pushed through an accelerated budget process known as reconciliation so that it can be bailed out by the filibuster. Republicans in the House of Representatives are urging their members to oppose the $1 trillion infrastructure package so that more than a few defectors can bypass the bill.
Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington and chair of the Congressional Progressive Parliamentary Assembly, promised again on Sunday that moderate lawmakers would not support the infrastructure bill unless accompanied by action on the $3.5 trillion plan.
“He’s a really good storyteller and he knows where the meeting is and we really noticed that,” Jayapal told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. “No sound.”
But Rep. Josh Gotheimer, a New Jersey Democrat and a leading centrist in the House of Representatives who negotiated with Pelosi, said progressives had made empty threats.
“This is an important part of the president’s agenda,” Gotheimer said of the nation state. “I didn’t buy at the end of the day that people voted against it.”
In the Senate, Democrats will also consider an emergency spending package on Monday, which is needed to prevent a government shutdown. Republicans objecting to containing the law removing restrictions on federal government borrowing are expected to block the action in a procedural vote. The DPR only ratifies the bill with a democratic vote.