Liberals vowed Thursday to block a popular infrastructure bill, a centerpiece of President BidenJoe BidenBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for Removal of IRS Bank Reporting Proposal from Spending Bill Overnight Health Care – Presented by Altria – Vulnerable Democrats Push Drug Pricing Plan MOREthe domestic agenda – a few hours after the president asked for their support and the president Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Money Report: Will Joe Manchin Billion Dollar Tax Survive? Energy and Environment Overnight – Presented by American Clean Power – Democrats Prepare to Grill Oil Executives MORE (D-Calif.) Announced plans to bring the bipartisan proposal to the House floor for a vote the same day.
The move by dozens of members in the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CCP) was not a tactic departure: Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal Patience wears out as Democrats miss deadlines. Pelosi sets Rules meeting on Biden’s agenda; no infrastructure vote in sight 535 ‘presidents’ with veto power: why budget deal remains elusive MORE (D-Wash.), Who chairs the group, has said for months that liberals would oppose the infrastructure bill until there is a concrete agreement with centrist Democrats on a broader social spending package.
Still, her decision to stick to that line constitutes a notable escalation in the high-stakes power struggle between Pelosi and progressive members of her own group, who said they simply cannot back the infrastructure bill without further assurances that a larger social spending bill. it will contain your priorities.
In a rare interaction on Thursday, Pelosi walked into a CCP strategy meeting, only to leave a short time later without speaking to the group.
Jayapal emerged shortly after to explain the group’s position. With a number of issues still unresolved in the social spending bill, and parts of the text yet to be written, Jayapal said the liberals are sticking to their initial strategy, even if it means opposing the leadership to delay the vote on the bipartisan infrastructure framework, often referred to as BIF, until next week.
“There are … too many ‘no’ votes for the BIF to pass today. However, we are committed to staying here until we finish this Better Rebuild Act, get the legislative text, ”Jayapal said after huddling in the basement of the Capitol with other CCP members.
But extending an olive leaf to Biden and the leaders, Jayapal said the CCP on Thursday will later endorse a resolution supporting Biden’s $ 1.75 trillion framework, which was implemented by the White House on Thursday morning.
“With the framework that exists, we can support that in principle, but we need to have the legislative text and we will vote both bills together,” he added.
“The investments that have been described are the things that CPC has been fighting for. They exist because we have stood firm, of course we stand behind them, ”progressive Rep. Ayana Pressley (D-Mass.) Told The Hill. “We have full support for the Build Back Better Act.”
Standing his ground, Jayapal has a lot of air support from his fellow CCP members. Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi Tlaib Climate Defenders Set Their Eyes On Wall Street House Progressives Call On Biden To End All New Fossil Fuels That Allow Ilhan Omar To Get To Biden: ‘Keep Your Promise To Cancel Student Debt’ MORE (D-Mich.) She told reporters that she is a “hell no” on the infrastructure package unless both bills are passed together in Congress. And Rep. Juan VargasJuan C. Vargas First Senator formally endorses Bass in Los Angeles mayoral race Bass receives endorsement from EMILY’s List Bass gains mayoral endorsement from former California Senator MORE (D-Calif.) He argued that retaining their votes on the roads and bridges bill is the only advantage that progressives have to guarantee passage of the social spending and climate package.
“If we vote for the BIF, I think it’s over. I think we lose the other bill. I don’t trust what the senators are going to do, ”Vargas said. “In fact, to be fair to the senators, they didn’t say they were going to vote for this anyway.”
While most CCP members praised the essence of Biden’s framework, at least one lawmaker disagreed. Rep. Cori bushCori BushDem expects infrastructure vote to hit the brick wall Democrats say Republican lawmakers implicated on January 6 should be kicked out House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permits MORE (D-Mo.), A first-term progressive, said she felt “misled” by the policy framework presented by the White House Thursday morning, expressing concern that certain family benefits were insufficient.
The intransigence of the progressives has caused frustration even among some senior CCP members.
“That is one of the problems with these relatively new members who have never before operated in a ruling majority in Congress. … They are very unrealistic and, at some point, the law falls apart if they don’t help, ”said the chairman of the House Budget Committee. John yarmuthJohn Allen Yarmuth Democrats haggle as settlement approaches Democrats disagree with Manchin on provision of child tax credit The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Uber – Biden, Democrats delve into legislative details MORE (D-Ky.) He told The Hill.
Another progressive, Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira Cohen Can the United States Navy Fight and Win a War? Democratic retirements could worsen a difficult midterm year Pandora Papers prompts lawmakers to push for crackdown on financial ‘enablers’ MORE (D-Tenn.), Predicted that the infrastructure bill would still hit the ground on Thursday, but that it will fail.
“I don’t think it will pass if it comes up today, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a vote,” he said.