The House votes on the Infrastructure Act

(House TV)
(House TV)

The House is now voting on the Infrastructure Act after hours of internal delay and debate among Democrats.

This bill has already passed the Senate, and if passed, it will go to President Biden’s desk.

How we got here: Over the course of Friday, spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said it was her intention to vote on the final adoption of the Infrastructure Act and the Social Expenditure Bill known as Build Back Better.

But on Friday morning, it became clear that a group of house moderates were not ready to support the final passage of Build Back Better for various reasons.

To accommodate this group, Pelosi, after hours of inaction, decided to schedule a final vote on the Infrastructure Bill and stop shortly before the final adoption of the Build Back Better Act by voting only on the rule governing the debate, hoping it would be enough. to unite the Democrats.

That plan, however, immediately collided with a significant number of progressives, who have consistently called for both infrastructure and Build Back Better bills to move together.

Progressives halted the floor action for hours as they pondered how to proceed.

So, moments before the final vote, a group of key moderate holdouts issued a statement promising to vote for the Social Expenditure Package “in its current form except for technical changes, as soon as we receive fiscal information from the Congressional Budget Office – but in no event later than the week of 15 November. “

Shortly after this commitment from the moderates, the chairman of the progressive caucus, Pramila Jayapal, released a statement saying that the progressive caucus reached an agreement with other democrats to vote on the infrastructure law tonight, and gave up a key tenant of their position, which should only vote for the infrastructure bill when the bill on social spending would also receive a final vote.

Moments before the House began voting on the Infrastructure Act, Jayapal wrote on behalf of her caucus that progressives would go ahead with the infrastructure vote because they had accepted the moderates’ promise that the Social Expenditure Bill would get a vote “by the week of 15. November.”

But in his statement, Jayapal was sure not to say that everyone in her caucus would participate in this position.

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