And, somehow, it got even muddy today.
Let me explain what is happening here. As we mentioned, the infrastructure bill has long been linked to what we call a conciliation package. So they want to pass it in the Senate.
And Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would vote on that infrastructure bill on Thursday. Well, he has an all-out rebellion from progressives who think, if it happens, it will jeopardize that reconciliation bill. That’s why we saw this statement from progressives today.
Pramila Jayapal, whom we spoke to here on the show, reiterated, reiterating on the statement: “We will vote for the infrastructure bill only after the reconciliation bill is passed.”
At the time, Senator Bernie Sanders was one of the top progressives in this country. He came out and said, today we thought that our deal has been done that both will go together. He asked people not to vote for the infrastructure bill this Thursday.
So how do they move the reconciliation bill? First, they need to figure out how big it’s going to be. There is a real division at that. And we’re looking at two prominent senators. Everyone is watching them, Senators Kirsten Cinemas and Joe Manchin. They are the moderates who have said that $3.5 trillion is too big for them to spend such a gross expenditure.
But, Aamna, she is yet to bring her figure. Everyone is watching and waiting. The clock is ticking. And we’ll see if this infrastructure vote takes place on Thursday.