Dem House Budget chair hints at possible Pelosi strategy for infrastructure bill

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House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Yarmuth hints at what the Speaker may have for a bipartisan bill

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John Yarmuth, D-Ky., chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Sunday that there remains a “current plan” for the House to vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill on September 27, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is also in it. may delay. If it passes.

Pelosi said in August that she was “committed” to passing the infrastructure bill on that date, but had previously said she would not vote on it until the Senate voted on a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill. Will give Asked on “Granthshala News Sunday” whether the House will actually vote next week, Yarmuth admitted the answer may not be straightforward.

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“The only answer I can give you is the current plan, voting on the infrastructure bill on September 27,” Yarmuth said. “Now, there are some other qualifications to this. Under the rules, the speaker doesn’t have to actually forward the bill — if we pass it in the House — to actually send it to the president for signature.” She can hold that bill for a while.”

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This would allow Pelosi to move the bill while still being able to put it back and wait for action on the reconciliation package.

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“There is some flexibility in how we fulfill the two mandates,” he continued. “One of them has to vote on it on the 27th, the other one is not to pass without the other.”

Some Democrats in Congress such as New York Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Jamal Bowman have threatened to vote against the infrastructure bill if the vote goes without a reconciliation bill first.

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Currently, Democrats appear to lack enough votes in the Senate to pass the reconciliation package, which requires only a simple majority to pass – with all 50 Democrats and Vice President Kamala Harris as tie-breakers. . Sens. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., have both publicly opposed it, but President Biden met with each of them to discuss the matter.


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