Biden says he supports both bills and sees no reason why both can’t be passed independently
Progressives in the Democrats seem to have taken a page out of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s playbook and vowed on Sunday that they would eventually pass the $1 trillion infrastructure bill and the coming hot reconciliation package with no Republican support .
Just a week earlier, Pelosi told ABC’s “This Week” that the House was going to pass the infrastructure bill. She said she would never “bring a bill to a floor that doesn’t have votes.”
The bill did not have votes because of the progressive wing of the party led by Representative Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who demanded that the infrastructure law be combined with a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.
Jayapal, who heads the Congress Progressive Caucus, a 96-member coalition, called the spending bill “not some fringe wish list” on President Biden’s agenda. It said last week that more than half of its caucuses would vote infrastructure to maintain the reconciliation.
Jayapal told MSNBC on Sunday that Democrats “will do it all.”
“Every single member of my caucus has said we’re going to vote for that bill until we get the reconciliation bill, which has the rest of the very important priorities that the president has set,” she said.
Biden said on Saturday that he supports both bills and there is no reason why both cannot be passed independently. Pelosi set a new deadline for the infrastructure vote for the end of October.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.Y., told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that moderate Democrats are unwilling to come to the table to talk about the plans, while “progressive people take this heck out of nine different places.” Trying to give skin in ways.”
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“The point is, it’s that we’re saying, ‘Okay, we’re going from $6 trillion to $3 trillion, now it’s $1 trillion, and we have some of these conservatives who say,’ Well, our line is zero, and you’re lucky if you get $1,” she said.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-WVA, indicated he would be willing to support the top figure of $1.5 trillion for a reconciliation package.
Biden insisted that both bills passed, approving the progressives’ strategy, while floating a lower number meant accepting a deal with the impending centrists.