Progressive caucus says no infrastructure without reconciliation as Dem divisions become apparent

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The Democrats may be in control, but they are operating with a very small majority in the Senate and a divided House.

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Just days after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told ABC’s “This Week” that Democrats would pass a $1 trillion infrastructure plan this week, progressives in the party kept their promise.

Rape. Pramila Jayapal’s Congress Progressive Caucus on Tuesday strongly rebuked President Biden’s $3.5 trillion Build Back Better reconciliation package by voting on a bipartisan package without first passing it.

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The caucus said it is still “committed to delivering the transformative change that people across the country urgently want, need, and deserve.”

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The 96-member coalition said the agenda is “not some fringe wish list: it’s the presidential agenda, the Democratic agenda, and we all promised voters when they gave us the House, the Senate, and the White House.”

The Democrats may be in control, but they are operating with a very small majority in the Senate and a divided House. Pelosi once held the position that the House would only pass the infrastructure bill if they also passed a reconciliation package.

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but politico informed of On Monday, when Pelosi found that Democrats could lower the $3.5 trillion price tag, Pelosi changed her opinion. “It all changed, so our approach had to change,” Pelosi told his caucus on Monday, Politico reported.

A White House official told Granthshala News that President Biden is moving forward on the package with members of Congress.

He will be in the White House on Wednesday to continue work on advancing these two laws. Another source in the administration said that there will be more on their engagement in the next few days. Biden was due to travel to Chicago as part of his administration’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign. A White House official said the visit would be rescheduled.

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the new York Times informed of That moderate Democrats are still convinced enough Republicans will come out in support of the infrastructure bill to send legislation to Biden’s desk.

On Tuesday, West Virginia’s Sens. Joe Manchin and Arizona’s Kirsten Cinema in a bid to reach terms on a pared-back version. Few concrete details emerged from those talks, though White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden felt the meetings were “constructive.”

Jayapal said NBC News said Tuesday that “nothing has changed” and that more than half of its caucuses are ready to vote on the infrastructure bill if it passes the Senate before reconciliation.

Granthshala News’ Thomas Barrabee and Jackie Heinrich contributed to this report


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