Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) said on Friday that 50 House Democrats would oppose the $ 1.2 trillion “bipartisan” infrastructure bill, which is slated for a vote on Monday.
“Pramila Jayapal told me that at least 50 of its progressive members are still planning to vote to destroy the infrastructure bill if it goes ahead on Monday,” a CNN reporter said. tweeted. She added that the leadership taking action to push forward the big reconciliation bill is ‘not enough’. “
Jayapal is the chairman of the 94-member Congressional Progressive Caucus, a powerful force within the Democratic Party.
Pramila Jayapal told me that at least 50 of its progressive members are still planning to vote to sink the infrastructure bill if it goes ahead on Monday. She added that leadership that takes action to push forward the grand reconciliation bill is “not enough.”
– Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 24, 2021
When Jayapal was interviewed on CNN on Wednesday, she explained that she was concerned that the $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation package would not pass in the House if Democrats abandon their influence and pass the 1 Bill. $ 2 trillion without its much larger cousin, which is chock-full of far-left goodies. .
“We must respect the entirety of the president’s agenda”, Jayapal Recount CNN. “We have to take care of the children. We have to deliver on paid leave. We need to make sure that people can attend free community college. We need to make sure that we eliminate climate change. We need to deal with housing, immigration and the expansion of medicare.
“These are top priorities for the American people, and if we wait,” she continued, “then it’s the children. It’s the working-class families. voted because they knew it was what we promised, and now we have to stick it out.
Democratic Representative Pramila Jayapal on Biparty Infrastructure Bill and Reconciliation Package: “More than Half” of Congressional Progressive Caucus Members “Will Not Advance the Biparty Bill without the reconciliation is adopted ”. pic.twitter.com/7r8mT3kWdv
– The main CNN (@TheLeadCNN) September 21, 2021
“Originally… the progressives didn’t want to split the bill at all,” she added. “We wanted only one invoice to be accepted. We knew we could do it faster that way. We knew it would keep everyone together and united on the president’s vision, and the decision was made to split it into two bills.
“Very well,” Jayapal mocked. “We didn’t like it, but we finally accepted because it was a two-way strategy. And we were very clear three months ago … that we would agree but only on condition that we first pass the reconciliation bill.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is eager to push through Biden’s radical agenda, asked the House Budget Committee to work on the drafting of the bills in Committee on Saturday. bill to appease the radical left. “But the markup is largely symbolic; it will not solve huge issues such as price tag or key political disputes. All the major changes Democrats want to make will come later ”, Politics reported.
Pelosi only has 3-11 votes as a margin to pass the bill. And if there is any truth to the rumors circulating that this is her last term, she will certainly want to end her career on a high note.
But even if everything works according to his plan, by passing both the $ 1.2 trillion bill and the $ 3.5 trillion package, Biden’s radical spending and tax agenda will remain in the hands of the people. Democratic senators, who signed off that they would oppose massive spending and taxes. increases during inflation.
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