Pelosi sets Halloween deadline for House vote on infrastructure bills

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi is stepping down after her party suffered a setback this week for failing to reach an agreement on a $3.5 trillion bill that is part of President Joe Biden’s infrastructure agenda.

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The bill’s failure to go to a vote this week, along with a $1tn bipartisan settlement bill already passed by the Senate, was thanks to a handful of centrist Democrats demanding trillions of dollars in cuts from the law, while no public indication Not given (or to many of their House colleagues) which they want to remove.

According to a letter sent to members of the House later this week, Ms Pelosi has set a new deadline of October 31 for passing the two bills. She wrote that the deadline was necessary so that the US would have credibility at the global climate summit, Cop26, which begins in Glasgow on 1 November, as well as meet a new deadline for the re-authorization of surface transport funding. . The House passed a 30-day reauthorization last week after failing to reach an agreement for comprehensive legislation.

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As it stands, Democrats are now torn between progressives who insist the $3.5tn number is already a compromise and those who are centrists such as Manchin and Kirsten Cinema, the former of which have said they are willing to pay $1.5tn. Will not support the above bill. The centrists are now facing unfamiliar ground as they are bullied not only by the Left but also by the party leadership and the media as they have been publicly evading some of their demands, taking most of the blame for the passage of the bill. .

“After a significant 30-day extension passed last night, the Surface Transport Authority deadline of October 31 is,” Ms Pelosi wrote to colleagues on Saturday. “We have to pass the BIF” [bipartisan infrastructure framework] Before then – the sooner the better, to get a job there. “

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“More time was needed to reach our goal of passing both the bills, which we will do,” he said.

Conservative Republicans have also been left without many allies in the House, resulting in conflicting statements on the issue that have drawn rebuke from every faction but their own.

On Friday, representative of the bipartisan Problem Solver Caucus Josh Gottheimer told Speaker Pelosi to lie about when the vote would take place.

In a press release, he said it was “deeply regrettable that Speaker Pelosi violated his firm, public commitment to members of Congress and the American people to vote and be bipartisan once in a century or so before.” To pass the infrastructure bill. 27 September”.

His tune changed several hours later when Mr Gottheimer called on the White House and the House Progressive Caucus to try to “destroy the president’s agenda”, despite the White House and the House Progressive Caucus being aligned on the $3.5tn figure “a little on the far left”. faction”.

The White House issued a measured statement late Thursday, announcing that the bill was being delayed, thanking Congressional Democrats for their work and pledging to make up with the legislation.

“While Democrats do have some differences, we are committed to creating good union jobs, building a clean energy future, cutting taxes for working families and small businesses, helping those families have room to breathe on basic expenses. share the goals—and do it without adding to the deficit, by paying those at the top their fair share,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Nancy Pelosi

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