Monday, October 25, 2021

Pelosi Sets New Deadline As Biden Says Democrats Infighting Is ‘Everybody Frustrated’

a new deadline. Frustration over clashes between Democrats in Congress. and optimism that President Joe Biden’s plan, backed by so-called progressive members, will eventually succeed.

That’s what emerged Saturday, hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) canceled a vote on a bipartisan infrastructure package passed by the Senate a month ago.

“Everyone is disappointed,” Biden told reporters outside the White House before leaving for Wilmington, Delaware, for the weekend.

Pelosi and Biden are trying to hammer a deal with the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a 96-strong group that is firm on its insistence that it will tank the infrastructure bill if the moderates don’t help pass the first budget package. which comes out to $3.5. Trillion.

Moderates, including two prominent senators, are outraged that the bills have been lumped together and many have so far refused to support the budget bill.

Republicans are divided on the infrastructure law. Nineteen GOP senators helped Democrats pass it in August. Some Republican representatives have indicated they will vote for it. But without the progressives, the bill would not pass. And Republicans unanimously oppose the budget bill. Democrats plan to use a process called reconciliation to accomplish this with zero GOP votes, but Sens. Needs the support of Kirsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) – which isn’t there yet.

Democrats enjoy a majority in both legislative chambers, but hold only eight more seats than Republicans in the House and 50-50 with no votes left in the Senate, where Vice President Kamala Harris is concerned in her role as chair of the body. can break.

Democrat leaders are trying – and failing – to align enough members on reconciliation, attempting to use the infrastructure package as leverage.

The cracks in the party have become clearer. Rape. Josh Gottheimer (DNJ) made a lengthy statement Friday to Pelosi for a second delay on the infrastructure vote, promising he would bring it before the House before Sept. 27. Pelosi allies responded to the post on social media in a statement that referred to the Progressive faction, a far cry from Gotheimer’s bipartisan problem solving caucus.

Cinema on Saturday issued a rare public statement expressing its disappointment over the continuing delays. She helped draft the bipartisan agreement and her desire to ratify the House has prompted “goodwill talks” over a reconciliation package, even as she and Munchkin are hooked on huge price tags.

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President Joe Biden speaks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on October 1, 2021 in Washington. (Kevin Diets/Getty Images)
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Representative Josh Gottheimer (DNJ), co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus, speaks to reporters outside the US Capitol on September 30, 2021 in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
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Sen. Kirsten Cinema (D-Ariz.) as seen at the US Capitol on September 30, 2021 in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

“Negotiations of good faith, however, require trust. Over the years, Democratic leaders have made conflicting promises that cannot be fulfilled – and have at times pretended that differences exist within our party. were not, even when those disagreements were directly and publicly clarified over and over again,” he wrote. “Canceling the infrastructure vote further erodes that trust.”

About an hour earlier, Pelosi wrote a separate note sent to Democrat aides in the House, setting a new deadline for the vote. She said she would have to pass the infrastructure bill before October 31, that she would not vote on the infrastructure bill because it would fail, and that “we will and will soon pass both bills.”

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“Negotiations will now continue with more time for decision, legislative language, Senate MP review and public awareness,” she wrote.

Biden told reporters on Friday that the bill could be passed in six days or six weeks. “It doesn’t matter. We’re going to get it done,” he said.

Biden was speaking on Capitol Hill, where he traveled to personally pressure lawmakers who want to pass the infrastructure bill and deal with the budget package separately. This aligns him with the Progressive Bloc and Pelosi and his allies, who sought to reduce dissent within the caucus.

“I think right now the Democratic caucus is 97 or 98 percent integrated. There may be more agreements that need to be made with some senators who have reservations but I see extraordinary consensus in the Democratic caucus. It’s a very There has been a positive process,” Pelosi’s close representative Jamie Ruskin (D-MD) told reporters after a meeting with Biden on Friday.

Munchkin has called the idea of ​​approving another $3.5 trillion “crazy” “crazy” and Cinema has repeatedly said it would not vote for that much money in a budget package. Biden told Democrats that the top line may have to shrink by about $2 trillion to garner enough votes.

Representative Tom Malinowski (DNJ) said Democrats are united in supporting the president, even though they have different views on how to do so. “But you know, we’ve got — we can’t even have five different generals here,” he told reporters.

Republicans say their refusal to vote on infrastructure without being tied to the big package shows progressive Democrats are setting the agenda.

“The infrastructure bill has been taken hostage,” Sen. Bill Haggerty (R-Ten.) wrote on Twitter.

Biden acknowledged as much in Washington as he did behind closed doors to verify lawmakers’ accounts.

“I’m a realist. I have been—I was a senator for a long time. I know how to make a law. There’s no reason these two bills couldn’t pass independently except to do it.” There are no votes. It is a simple proposal,” he said.

Summing up the frustration with Munchkin and cinema, he said: “If we had two more votes we could very easily bring moderates and progressives together. two. Two People.”

Zachary Stebero

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Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.

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