Pelosi wavers on Monday infrastructure vote, says it will happen ‘this week’
House speaker Nancy Pelosi waffled Sunday on her promise to bring the bipartisan $1.1 billion infrastructure bill to the House Floor Monday. she minimized Democratic infighting among the party’s moderates and progressive wings.
Pelosi stated to reporters that the vote would take place Monday. However, explained to George Stephanopoulos on ABC that the timing of the vote would depend upon the votes.
“Let me just say we’re going to pass the bill this week,” she said, adding, “you know, I’m never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes.”
She emphasized that the bill was “the vision of the president,” and that his Building Back Better plan has “the support of over 95% of our caucus.”
“I think any time you put an arbitrary date — well, remember when Republicans said they were going to overturn the Affordable Care Act on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act? She spoke of the 2017 vote.
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Mrs. Pelosi continued: “You cannot choose the date, you have to go when you have the votes in a reasonable time, and we will.”
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Washington Democrat and chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, warned last week that House progressives would defeat the infrastructure bill unless the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation wins passage first.
Even so, Mrs. Pelosi said reports of tension within the party were overblown, insisting “this isn’t about moderates versus progressives.”
Ms. Jayapal was also skeptical about the prospect of a Monday showdown, saying that “I don’t believe there will be a vote” because “the votes aren’t there.”
“I mean, the speaker is an incredibly good vote-counter. She knows where her caucus is,” Ms. Jayapal said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that she was skeptical about Monday’s showdown.
Ms. Jayapal also said that “I don’t believe there will be a vote” because “the votes aren’t there.”]
Rep. Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey Democrat, a member of the House Blue Dog Coalition said he was certain any remaining holdouts would vote for the infrastructure bill if it comes to push comes to vote.
I believe that when the bill comes to the floor, we will have the votes,” Mr. Gottheimer stated on CNN. “I don’t believe any Democrat, or a fraction of Democrats, is going to vote for a vote about infrastructure, on 2,000,000 jobs a year for hardworking women and men of labor and to combat climate change and vote against it .”
He added that the bill was “a crucial part of the president’s agenda .”
” I just don’t buy, at end of the day,” Mr. Gottheimer stated. “And I believe it’s right for them to hear, from people like me, that we are fully committed to getting a reconciliation program
“Overwhelmingly the entire of our caucus, except for a few who I respect, support the vision of Joe Biden. We will make progress this week,” Mrs. stated.