House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reversed course Monday night, telling Democrats that passage of the bipartisan infrastructure can’t await the larger reconciliation/social safety net package, NBC’s Leigh Ann Caldwell and Sahil Kapur report.
“I told all of you that we wouldn’t continue to the [infrastructure bill until] we had the reconciliation bill gone by the Senate. We were right schedule to try to to all of that, until 10 days ago, every week ago, once I heard the news that this number had to return down,” Pelosi said during a private caucus meeting, consistent with a source conversant in the meeting.
“It all changed, so our approach had to vary .”
One, will progressives still work to defeat it when it comes up for a vote on Thursday?
“I think that we are still very clear we’d like to urge the reconciliation bill done,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night. “It cannot be just a framework, because we’d like to form sure that this delay that results in death of those things doesn’t happen.”
And two, why did it take goodbye to urge here to delink one bill (infrastructure) that had already passed the Senate with another bill (reconciliation) where Democrats still haven’t settled on a price tag?
As it seems , the whole process of progressives demanding that the 2 bills be linked — with the Biden White House either in agreement or standing on the sidelines — has helped tarnish what would be a big legislative achievement.
The kind of bipartisan bill that Biden campaigned on, and one that finally delivered on infrastructure after failed promises during the Trump presidency.
“This historic investment in infrastructure is what i think you, the American people, want — what you’ve been posing for for an extended , long time,” Biden said last month after the Senate passed it. “This bill shows that we will work together.”
Biden, however, stopped touting the bipartisan infrastructure bill when it became apparent many within the party had their eyes on the more ambitious reconciliation package.
So what happens on Thursday? Do House Democrats, who can’t afford quite a couple of defections, pass the bill?
And if it does pass, is there elation at the White House? Relief? Or disappointment?