President Joe Biden might have just received his first victory — at least within the ranks of his party — on Friday night after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) managed to wrangle a deal between the moderate and progressive ends of the Democratic Party on Friday night.
According to the Daily Caller, it was reported that after an 11th-hour deal struck between the two sides of the party, a $1.2 trillion, bipartisan infrastructure bill was finally voted on and passed, and it will now head to Biden’s desk for a signature.
Notably, the bill passed the House in a 228-206 vote, with 13 Republicans joining Dems in voting in favor, and six Democrats joining a majority of Republicans who voted against it.
The bill was passed after a “deal between the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus, moderate Blue Dog Democrats and the Congressional Black Caucus,” the Dail Caller noted.
How did it happen?
Democrats, who have been locked in a stalemate between the two sides of the Democratic Party, reportedly had a “multi-hour standoff” prior to the deal coming together.
Progressive Democrats had previously vowed to essentially hold the bipartisan infrastructure deal hostage unless the House also took a vote on the massive, now $1.75 trillion social spending package.
Moderates apparently agreed, at the last minute, to vote on the larger spending bill if the score issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) matches estimates provided by the White House.
“We commit to voting for the Build Back Better Act, in its current form other than technical changes, as expeditiously as we receive technical changes,” moderate Democrats said in a statement.
Biden steps in
The Friday night vote drew high-profile attention and influence, including from the president himself.
“I am urging all members to vote for both the rule for consideration of the Build Back Better Act and final passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill tonight,” President Biden said Friday night.
He added: “I am confident that during the week of November 15, the House will pass the Build Back Better Act.”
With Democrats still reeling from Tuesday night’s election bloodbath, it appears as if they’ve determined that they must work together to mitigate the predicted losses in the 2022 midterms, and secure whatever legislative victories they can before they’re ousted from power.