As House Democrats struggle to come to an agreement on President Joe Biden’s now $1.75 trillion, social spending-packed Build Back Better Act, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) apparently has more important priorities.
According to the New York Post, after bringing the bipartisan infrastructure bill to a successful vote on Friday night, the speaker was set to travel to Europe, where she’ll attend the UN Climate Summit COP26.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) announced Pelosi’s Euro trip last month, saying at the time she’s taking the trip “to reiterate our commitment to the objectives that have been set forth in Paris and other places to obtain a very, very significant reduction in emissions.”
Pelosi, last month, made her intentions clear as far as what she’ll be promoting at the climate change conference.
“So when we meet in Glasgow next month, we must bring our highest ambitions to the table. We must not only meet our Paris goals, we must beat them in order to limit warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius. Again, parliaments working together, executive branches as well with parliaments,” the speaker said at the time.
Though Pelosi and many of her fellow Dem colleagues celebrated on Saturday after the successful vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which included support from 13 Republicans, which made up for the loss of six Dem votes on the issue, the night was absolute chaos, according to those familiar with the 11th-hour negotiations.
But on Saturday morning, Pelosi’s office released a statement on the passage of the vote, calling the action “historic.”
“The American people sent President Biden to the White House and Democratic Majorities to Congress to deliver results that make their lives better. Last night, by sending an historic and bipartisan infrastructure package to the President’s desk, that is exactly what we have done,” the statement read.
As of this writing, it’s unclear if Pelosi has set off on her planned trip to Europe, or if she pushed it back given the late Friday night on the House floor.