Capitol Hill was presumably shocked to learn that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is strongly considering making a move on two important Democrat-led pieces of legislation this week.
According to The Washington Times, after weeks of bickering, party infighting, and other political drama, Pelosi is reportedly considering moving forward on both the $1.25 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, and the now-reduced $1.75 trillion social spending package, at least according to an unnamed source familiar with her thoughts on the matter.
It was noted that a decision on whether she’ll proceed to have the House vote on the measures is not set in stone, but rather that she is apparently ready to “move forward,” especially as the government funding deadline of Dec. 3 nears.
“What this legislation will do is to help the president meet his goals, the goals of America,” said the speaker last week. “When he goes to meetings with the G-20 now and then to meet His Holiness, the pope, and to go to Glasgow, we want him to go as strong as possible.”
The radically progressive element of the Democratic Party in the House, which is roughly 98 members, have remained steadfast in their desire to not vote on the infrastructure deal until a vote was also scheduled for their social spending plan that has been strongly opposed by their Republican colleagues, and millions of Americans.
While Dems have trimmed certain language from the spending bill to make it eligible for a vote using the budget reconciliation process, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) dropped a bombshell on his own party Monday when he announced that he still doesn’t support the legislation in its current state.
According to Yahoo News, not only did Manchin effectively torpedo what could soon be a White House victory lap, but he also slammed the progressive wing of his party, accusing them of needlessly holding the bipartisan infrastructure bill “hostage.”
“This is not how the United States Congress should operate or in my view has operated in the past,” Manchin said during a roughly five-minute speech Monday. “The political games have to stop.”
With no Republican Senate support or support from moderates like Manchin, Democrats are now left reeling in their last-minute scramble to figure out how to get the legislation passed — legislation that would provide President Joe Biden’s White House a desperately-needed political victory.