According to Ronna McDaniel, the chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may have just hit a dead-end on infrastructure.
Speaking with Breitbart, McDaniel said she believes Pelosi may not have the votes needed to pass either a $3.5 trillion infrastructure proposal or a slimmed-down $1.2 trillion deal.
McDaniel explained to host Alex Marlow why she believes that Pelosi might have difficulty finding enough support for either infrastructure bill.
“The $1.2 trillion isn’t progressive enough, and I think the $3.5 trillion will have pushback from moderate Democrats who are in trouble ahead of the midterms,” McDaniel opined, according to Breitbart.
To that end, McDaniel said that “frankly” she doesn’t “think Nancy Pelosi is going to take any of this up.”
The “first installment”
Breitbart reported separately that 19 Republicans in the U.S. Senate had voted last week along with their Democratic colleagues to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
These Republicans, as a result, have been the targets of heavy criticism, including from fellow GOP senators who did not vote in favor of the measure, correctly recognizing the problems with it.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), for example, has referred to the bill as the “first installment” of President Joe Biden’s “massive leftwing agenda,” as Breitbart notes.
McDaniel, who herself has been the subject of criticism from fellow Republicans, tried to claim during the interview that perhaps these 19 Republicans voted for the bill to prevent Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) from getting rid of the legislative filibuster. That’s one theory, but there hasn’t been much support for it.
The bottom line
Whatever the case may be, it is up to Pelosi now to try to make something happen in the House. As McDaniel correctly noted, there has been some pushback from far-left Democrats in the lower chamber who say that the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill does not go far enough, and moderates have favored the $1.2 trillion bill while shying away from the $3.5 trillion one.
But Pelosi has claimed that Biden has endorsed a House rule that would allow members to consider both the $1.2 trillion bill and the $3.5 trillion bill at the same time. This would suggest that both could soon be put before the House, though it remains unclear when that may occur.
It seems McDaniel might be right on this one: The infrastructure bills might just be DOA. But I’ll have to see it to believe it.