House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed Sunday the Democratic Party will pass a bipartisan Infrastructure Bill this week, pushing for a social safety net and climate change worth more than $3.5 trillion. He acknowledged that the number would probably be smaller.
Pelosi initially promised to vote on the infrastructure bill on Monday (27/9), but has now said the deadline for voting may fall by the end of the week due to divisions within the Democratic Party, in order to give the two bills a chance to negotiate. Approved. He is pushing to pass both bills this week, although there is no certainty at all.
The $1 trillion Infrastructure Bill passed the Senate last month.
“Let me just say that we’re going to pass the bill this week,” Pelosi, the California lawmaker, said while speaking on ABC’s “This Week” program on Sunday (26/9). “I have never brought a bill to court that did not require a vote. We can’t choose the date. We have to do it when we have a voice at the right time, and we will.”
Asked if Pelosi had the votes to pass the Infrastructure Bill, President Joe Biden told reporters at the White House that “it has better prospects than this week.”
But in a bid to get the Democrats’ unanimous vote to push for the broad budget package, Pelosi said Biden’s proposals for the $3.5 trillion social spending and climate initiative may need to be trimmed.
Senator Joe Manchin of the state of West Virginia and Senator Kyrsten Cinema of the state of Arizona have said they would not support a bill with such a large budget. Manchin previously proposed a budget of $1-1.5 trillion, an amount that progressives deemed unacceptable for a bill that when proposed was initially worth $6 trillion.
Asked if Pelosi agreed with a budget amount of less than $3.5 trillion, Pelosi replied “it looks like it will.” “We’ll see how far that number will go down and what we need,” he added. “Once again, the Senate and the House of Representatives, don’t have a full agreement with the president yet, so let’s examine our values, don’t talk about numbers and dollars. Let’s talk about values.” He emphasized, “I think those who want a lower number also support the president’s vision, and this is truly transformative.”
Pelosi’s remarks reflect the huge stakes this week, which could find Biden’s presidency and shape the political contours of next year’s midterm elections. [em/pp]