House Democrats, who had circulated Monday in their calendars for a $ 1.1 trillion infrastructure bill vote, should instead circulate Thursday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the vote would be held Thursday as she battles with House progressives who have threatened to vote against the bipartisan measure unless the House first votes on the $ 3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act.
“Tomorrow, September 27, we will begin the debate on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework on the floor of the House and vote on it on Thursday, September 30, the day the permit for surface transportation expires,” Pelosi said in a letter to the Democratic Assembly.
She called it “a week-long occasion as we work to keep the government open, conclude negotiations on the Build Back Better Act and promote the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework.”
House Democrat centrists had previously secured a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package by Monday, but Mrs Pelosi said on Sunday that “I will never bring a bill to the floor that does not have the votes.”
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, president of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said Sunday on CNN’s Union of State that “the votes are not there,” while the rep. Josh Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat, said he believed Democrats had the votes.
“I just do not buy, at the end of the day, that people will vote against it,” Mr Gottheimer said.
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– Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) September 26, 2021
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