Pelosi reverses on demand reconciliation passes with infrastructure, setting up clash with House progressives

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Pelosi’s reversal on when to pass the infrastructure and reconciliation bills could put the passage of both in doubt

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house speaker Nancy Pelosic told Democrats at a caucus meeting late Monday that they must pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill before their massive reconciliation bill this week, a reversal of their previous stance that could put the passage of both in doubt. Is.

Pelosi, D-Calif., allied with Progressive members of her party, who had been demanding for months that the reconciliation bill be passed before infrastructure. She recently shifted that stance aimed at uniting Democrats around the framework of a reconciliation bill — not passing it outright — before moving forward with the infrastructure.

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But Monday night marked a complete reversal for Pelosi, who said stubborn Senate moderates and the imminent end of highway funding were forcing his hand.

According to a source familiar with his comments Pelosi said at the meeting, “There are several things on the table, the continuing resolution, which expires on September 30, the highway beautification – authorization expires on September 30.”

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“But here’s the thing: I told you all we wouldn’t go to BIF [until] We had the reconciliation bill passed by the Senate. We were at the right time to do all of this, until 10 days ago, a week ago, when I heard the news that this number had to go down,” Pelosi said, according to the person familiar. “It all changed, so Our approach had to change… we had to accommodate the changes that were needed. And we can’t be prepared to say that we can’t do BIF until the Senate passes the bill.”

BIF is Capitol Hill shorthand for “Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework”.

Pelosi insisted he was still committed to passing a reconciliation bill. “It’s not about downplaying the importance of reconciliation,” she said, marking the bill Democrats $3.5 trillion.

But the change in strategy is likely to upset progressives, who said they would vote against the infrastructure bill for weeks unless they have some sort of agreement on a more expensive reconciliation bill.

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“I can’t believe it will be [infrastructure bill] Come for a vote until we get the reconciliation bill done,” Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said Monday night. “So I don’t think it’s impossible that it will happen by Thursday, That’s what we’re working towards and if that happens, we’ll be thrilled to vote for both of them.”

Going forward when Pelosi says the House will vote on the bill on Thursday, whether progressives will withdraw their vote on infrastructure, Jayapal said, “We’re going to vote for both bills when there is a reconciliation bill. “

Granthshala Business’ Chad Pergram and Jason Donner contributed to this report.


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