House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Said on Sunday that she could not bring the $ 1,000 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill to the floor of the House on Monday as scheduled, saying that she preferred to wait until she made sure she got all the necessary votes after her colleague. Democrats continued to tie their demands to its passage.
“I will never introduce a bill that does not have the votes,” she told ABC News “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos. “You can’t choose the date, you have to go when you have the votes, within a reasonable time, and we will.”
Pelosi said on Friday that she planned to put the bill to a vote on Monday. Although the speaker may postpone the vote, she said on Sunday that she still expects it to happen this week.
Democrats had pledged to protest the passage of the infrastructure bill unless they were allowed to vote first on President Joe Biden’s much larger reconciliation bill, a $ 3.5 trillion, which contains measures designed to tackle climate change, boost education, lower health care costs and help other programs.
Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said last week that more than 50 members of her caucus stand firm on the demand.
“We are delighted to vote for both, and we will vote for both,” she said of the bills in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. “But we really need to make the reconciliation bill.”
However, there has also been an impasse over Biden’s reconciliation bill. The senses. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona), whose votes will be crucial to pass the bill in the equally divided Senate, both said the total amount was too high to win their support.
Pelosi, when asked about the disagreement on Sunday, said it “seems obvious” that the total of $ 3.5 trillion will have to be cut.
“Adding up our priorities should bring us to a number where we find common ground,” she said. “Can we shorten the time or find other things to reduce the number?” This is our discussion now, but we are ready for it.
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