30 September (WNN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she plans to move forward with a vote on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, despite a lack of support from progressives.
The California Democrat told reporters during his weekly press conference that it was “our plan” to bring the bill in on Thursday, a deadline he set over the weekend to deliver on the moderates’ promise to provide votes on the measure. Was.
“We are on a winning path. I don’t want to consider any other option,” she said. “We go into it to win it.”
Pelosi, who said on Sunday she was “never going to bring a bill to the floor that doesn’t have votes,” spent the afternoon meeting with groups of both progressive and liberal members of the caucus.
The uncertainty comes as all 50 Democratic members of the Senate must support a second $3.5 trillion social benefits bill to pass it through a reconciliation process and to avoid a filibuster but censored Kirsten Cinema, D- Ariz., and Joe Manchin, DW.Va. , protested.
Manchin said Thursday that his top-line spending number for that bill was $1.5 trillion.
In an effort to impress progressives, who have said they will oppose the infrastructure bill until it is passed along with a massive $3.5 trillion social benefits package, asked lawmakers to “dispel all doubts”. There will be no reconciliation bill after a bipartisan vote on Thursday. .
Pelosi said, “We will have a reconciliation bill. That’s for sure…”. “We’re moving forward in a very positive way, to bring ‘BIF’, to bring the bill. [the bipartisan infrastructure bill], and to do so in a way that can win. And so far so good for today, it’s going in a positive direction.”
Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said on Thursday that progressives remain in “the same place” and will continue to build infrastructure until an agreement is reached with Democratic senators to pass a social spending package. Will not vote to pass the bill.
“We will not be able to vote for the infrastructure bill until the conciliation bill is passed,” Jaipal told reporters after the meeting.
House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer, D-MD, simply said “no” amid the ongoing debate when asked if he believed the infrastructure bill would pass.
However, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, DN.J. told CNN he was “one thousand percent” sure the bill would pass Thursday night.
“I am optimistic,” he said. “It’s going to be late at night, but we’ve got Chinese food and we’re going to eat late… our country.”