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Sanders challenges Pelosi, urges House to block ‘bipartisan’ infrastructure bill

Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on Tuesday urged House Democrats to block the $ 1.2 trillion ‘bipartisan’ infrastructure bill, defying the agenda of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to pass the legislation Thursday.

“If the bipartisan infrastructure bill passes alone Thursday, it will be in violation of an agreement reached within the Democratic caucus in Congress,” he added. according to the socialist’s Twitter account. Sanders admitted:.

More importantly, it will put an end to all the levers we have to pass a major reconciliation bill. This means that there will be no serious effort to deal with the long neglected crises facing our country’s working families, children, the elderly, the sick and the poor.

“It also means that Congress will continue to ignore the existential threat to our country and our planet when it comes to climate change,” he added. added the wealthy socialist, who has written several books and owns several houses.

“I strongly urge my colleagues in the House to vote against the bipartisan infrastructure bill until Congress passes a strong reconciliation bill,” Sanders said. pleaded.

Sanders’ comments openly challenge Pelosi, who scheduled a vote on Thursday to pass the measure. Pelosi reportedly told House members on Monday that the Senate reconciliation package was not ready and there was no time to waste.

“We had to adapt to the changes that were necessary,” Pelosi reportedly told Democratic members of the reconciliation package. “And we can’t be ready to say until the Senate passes the bill, we can’t do BIF [bipartisan infrastructure deal]. “

“[W]We are still waiting for the number because you cannot prove the design of the legislation without the number, ”explained Pelosi. “And the president is working on this piece. He’s working on this piece.

Pelosi’s reported attempt to whip the vote to pass the “bipartisan” bill failed to convince members of the far left in the House. Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) told reporters on Monday the bills were tied and warned that a vote on Thursday could fail.

“The invoices are linked. And they have to be linked for anything to get through the House, ”Omar told reporters.

“Until that happens, there are no votes for the infrastructure bill,” Jayapal said.

As the midterms of 2022 quickly approach, Democrats’ infighting has worried other Democrats.

“The mistrust that currently exists between members will spread to mistrust between leaders and members, and I think it would not be healthy for our Congress to accomplish Biden’s agenda,” said Stephanie Murphy, who is facing to a redistribution of state and a tough opponent while also struggling with a voting record that is almost identical to Pelosi’s.

“I would be deeply disappointed if she did not put the infrastructure bill as the resolution requires”, added Murphy.

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