As President Joe Biden struggles to get his legacy, $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill through Congress, he just met a major, unexpected roadblock in the form of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
According to Breitbart, during a Sunday interview on ABC’s This Week, the speaker made crystal clear that the only way Biden’s bipartisan bill will receive a House vote is if an additional, partisan pet project-filled, $3.5 trillion “soft infrastructure” bill is voted on in the Senate through the reconciliation process.
Pelosi causing problems
ABC’s George Stephanopoulos questioned Pelosi about the upcoming bipartisan infrastructure bill that has taken months of frustrating negotiations between the two parties to hammer out, as Republicans fought for the bill to only contain traditional infrastructure items, such as roads and bridges.
A deal on the bill is expected to be formalized this week, assuming everything else goes as planned. Pelosi seemed to indicate that there might not be smooth sailing ahead.
“Are you sticking by your decision to hold any vote on that deal until the Senate passes a much larger infrastructure package through reconciliation?” Stephanopoulos asked the speaker, as Breitbart reported.
Pelosi responded: “Yes. Let me just say as I respond to you. I hope they pass the bipartisan legislation. Infrastructure has always been bipartisan for all the years I have been in Congress.”
But that’s when the conversation took a hard left, as Pelosi boasted about the bipartisan deal only before championing the idea that the second, Democrat wish-list bill be passed in order to bolster home healthcare, childcare programs, and other additions that she believes will benefit American women.
“I won’t put it on the floor”
Pelosi told the ABC anchor that she believes Biden’s vision includes the second, enormously expensive partisan bill in order to fully accomplish his “Build Back Better” initiative.
“We say build back better with women well that’s why we need child care, that’s why we need home health care funding, that’s why we need family and medical leave. So, building the human infrastructure is really a part of building the physical infrastructure. That’s why we will have something further to add,” the speaker said.
Finally, Pelosi dropped the bomb that generated headlines, and likely a brand new headache for the Biden administration.
“I won’t put it on the floor until we have the rest of the initiative,” the speaker added, with the “initiative” referring to the $3.5 trillion partisan legislation that has Democrats across the country drooling.
If Democrats — and especially the Biden administration — wish to pass any kind of infrastructure bill, they’d better act fast, because if Republicans win back the lower chamber in the 2022 midterms, the entire game will change overnight.