Progressive caucus leader Jayapal appears to be softening his stance on the infrastructure vote, leading to Pelosik
house speaker Nancy Pelosic Sunday Said House Democrats bipartisan will pass basic infrastructure A deal this week on the bill and their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, despite huge differences between moderates and progressives.
His remarks came after leaders of the party’s warring liberal and progressive factions made minor concessions after a week. digging into their stance, except possibly a few daylights for Pelosi, D-Calif., to pull off what is still a very difficult legislative lift.
“I just want to say that we’re going to pass the bill this week,” Pelosi said of the infrastructure bill on ABC’s “This Week.” “But you know I’m never going to bring a bill into the House that doesn’t have votes. And I think whenever you arbitrarily put in a date… you can’t choose the date, you have to go Vote when you have.”
The House speaker also said on “This Week” that Democrats “absolutely” need to come to an agreement on a reconciliation package before the infrastructure bill is passed. It was a signal to progressives in the House, who say several dozen of their members will vote against the infrastructure bill without assurances of reconciliation.
“It’s all the wonderful legislative process that we have,” Pelosi said, dismissing comments from “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos about how difficult the legislative task of Democrats is.
“Building Back Better is supported by over 95% of our caucuses… there are some who disagree and I respect the size of the package and a couple in the Senate as well,” she continued. “And we have to find our common ground while respecting each other’s views… it’s not about moderates versus progressives.”
The speaker could get an inauguration on Sunday when the top liberals in the House and the chamber’s top progressives each bowed slightly to their demands, leaving a clear path for Pelosi to needle on two major bills.
Earlier, Progressive Caucus chair representative Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash. Was Want Most of its caucuses will consider infrastructure before the conciliation bill is passed. Representative Josh Gottheimer, DNJ, president of the Problem Solving Caucus, meanwhile, was insisting That Pelosi would have to bring the infrastructure bill to a floor vote on Monday in accordance with a deal signed with him weeks ago.
Jayapal, however, appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” to say that a mere settlement on reconciliation would be enough for progressives to vote for an infrastructure bill. And Gottheimer acknowledged that Pelosi could move the infrastructure vote to later in the week.
“The way these things work is if you start debating this and it goes on until Tuesday, I don’t think — I think we’re all reasonable people,” Gottheimer told CNN’s “State of the Union.” But said. He also made sure to emphasize that infrastructure and reconciliation are “separate bills”.
“Everything has to be agreed… what’s really out there, the language needs to be worked out,” Jayapal said on CNN. “And everyone’s going to vote for it, and if Republicans offer an amendment to Vote-a-Rama that we won’t see Democratic senators suddenly vote with Republicans.”
Jayapal said: “This is a pre-convention bill, which means that everyone in the Senate and everyone in the House has to agree with every piece of it.”
It certainly won’t be easy for the Democrats to reach such an agreement. There are several areas of disagreement over what should be in a reconciliation bill, ranging from topline prices to in-the-weeds policy issues. But Sunday morning’s statements put Democrats in a spot where demands from its various factions cannot be addressed, which happened last week.
As part of the negotiation process, Pelosi said on ABC that it is almost certain that the price tag of the reconciliation bill will drop to a number less than $3.5 trillion. Jayapal, in particular, appeared open to it in an interview with CBS later on Sunday — though it looked like progressives would oppose the big cuts.
“Yeah, you know what we’ve said, we’re happy to hear what anyone wants to cut,” she said on CBS. “The main thing is not the topline number, it’s what you really want to fund… do you want to deduct child care, do you want to deduct paid leave, what do you want to deduct Huh?”
Pelosi said in a letter to House Democrats on Saturday that she plans to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and reconciliation bill by Thursday. This together gives him some faltering over the vote for the infrastructure bill, which was originally planned for Monday but could slip for a few days, and gives Democrats little margin for error on the reconciliation bill. .
The House Budget Committee approved the text of the reconciliation bill with a Democratic “no” vote in a rare Saturday meeting, but the bill could change significantly with a widening gap between the party’s progressives and moderates.
Granthshala News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.