This week could mark a monumental change for America’s future, or leave the Democratic Party in shambles, as a trio of major bills could be voted on by week’s end, including a $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill that the Biden administration would love to see passed.
However, according to The Washington Times, the ball is currently in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) court, for the most part. As the outlet described, the speaker appears to be “waffling” on her commitment to bringing the bipartisan infrastructure bill to a vote on Monday, saying instead that it will be voted on as soon as she’s sure the votes from her caucus are solid.
“Let me just say we’re going to pass the bill this week,” Pelosi told ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, adding, “you know, I’m never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes.”
That was shortly after she assured other media outlets that a vote would definitely be held on Monday.
Defending her subtle backtracking on her commitment to bringing up a vote for the bill Monday, Pelosi said, “You cannot choose the date, you have to go when you have the votes in a reasonable time, and we will.”
To any outside observer, Pelosi’s main battle is taking place within the ranks of her own party, as a number of progressive Democrats have vowed to not vote for the infrastructure bill unless a separate, $3.5 trillion Democrat wish-list spending bill is passed in tandem.
It’s crystal clear from Pelosi’s waffling that she’s still contending with intra-party fighting over the two pieces of legislation, though she insisted that she has everything under control.
Other Democrats, including Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), believe that when push comes to shove when Pelosi brings the vote for the infrastructure bill to the floor, progressive Democrats will not attempt to block it.
“I don’t believe any Democrat or a small fraction of Democrats is going to come for a vote on infrastructure, on 2 million jobs a year for hardworking men and women of labor, and to make sure to fight climate change, and vote against it,” Gottheimer said.