Pelosi postpones vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill amid Dem infighting

Breaking her previous commitment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) just postponed a vote on the $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill, The Washington Times reports

The decision comes amid Democratic infighting over the contents of the bill, which apparently led to doubts about whether Pelosi has the votes to get the bill passed.

Pelosi waffles

Last week, Pelosi said that she would hold a vote on the $1.1 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill on Monday, Sept. 27. On Sunday, however, Pelosi revealed that she had apparently changed her mind.

During an appearance on ABC NewsPelosi changed the vote on the bill from Monday to sometime “this week.”

“We’re going to pass the bill this week,” the speaker said. “I’m never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes.”

Later in the day on Sunday, however, Pelosi sent a letter to her fellow House Democrats stating that the vote will take place on Thursday, Sept. 30.

“Tomorrow, September 27, we will begin debate on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework on the Floor of the House and vote on it on Thursday, September 30, the day on which the surface transportation authorization expires,” Pelosi wrote.

Background

Pelosi’s dithering seems to suggest that she’s still struggling to secure the votes needed to pass the $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill — a bill that President Joe Biden’s administration desperately needs passed, as it would be seen as a victory in a long string of failures.

The problem is the Democrat’s far-left, progressive faction, which refuses to pass the “smaller” $1.1 trillion bill without a larger $3.5 trillion spending bill being passed in tandem. At the same time, moderate Democrats are reluctant to pass the larger bill.

Breitbart reports that two of the moderate Democratic members have already capitulated. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX), and Filemon Vela (D-TX), have agreed to vote for the larger bill.

According to Breitbartit also appears that Pelosi likely does have the votes for the $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill, but support for the larger bill remains unclear.

What makes the situation so complicated for Pelosi and Democratic leadership, despite the fact that they have control of the government, are the small majorities that they hold in both the House and the Senate. In the House, the Democrats could afford a few defections, but that’s certainly not the case in the 50-50 split Senate. We’ll have to see if Pelosi can get her ducks in a row by Thursday.

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