President Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.). announced on Sunday that voting on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed by the Senate would take place on September 30 earlier than originally planned.
Lawmakers will still debate the bill on the House floor on Monday, but won’t actually vote until Thursday, the same day that some surface transportation programs are due to end, Pelosi announced in a letter to her fellow Democrats released by her office. .
“This week is a week of opportunity as we work to keep government open, conclude talks on the Build Back Better Act and advance a bipartisan infrastructure framework,” Pelosi wrote.
“Tomorrow, 27 September, we will begin the debate on the bipartisan infrastructure framework on the floor of the House and vote on it on Thursday, 30 September, the day the Surface Transport Authority expires.”
The Democrat-led “Bipartite Infrastructure Framework” focuses primarily on core infrastructure projects, such as roads, clean water and electricity, bridges and other infrastructure, and the treatment of heritage pollution.
It will be funded through a combination of repurposing other funds, such as emergency relief funds, as well as by targeting corporate user fees, and redirecting unused unemployment insurance relief funds.
House Democrats had originally agreed to vote on the infrastructure package by Monday.
Pelosi, however, conflicts with the House Progressives, who have maintained that they will vote against the measure unless the Chamber first votes on a larger social spending package; Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget bill is the “Build Back Better Act.”
President Joe Biden has also said he will not sign an infrastructure bill without approval of his “Build Back Better Act.”
The cost of the Build Back Better Act, which would be paid for by higher tax rates for corporations and the wealthy, has also divided her fellow Democrats.
As of Monday, the package is still incomplete.
Earlier on Sunday, Pelosi said she would not vote on the infrastructure bill until she was confident it would be passed. Pelosi appeared very confident indeed, speaking on ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday.
“Well, all I have to say is we’re going to pass the bill this week,” Pelosi said.
“I had promised that we would bring the bill on the floor. This was in accordance with the language that wanted it to be brought to the floor tomorrow, the rule is written in. We will bring the Bill to the House for consideration tomorrow.
“But, you know, I’m never going to bring a bill into the House that doesn’t have votes,” she continued, “you can’t choose the date. You have to go when you have the votes at an appropriate time. And we And I’m sure we will—first of all, let me just say, it’s been an eventful week.”
But Congress Progressive Caucus chairperson Rep. Pramila Jayapal told CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday that “the votes are not there.”
“I just don’t buy, at the end of the day, that people will vote against it,” Gottheimer said.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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