Dem Rep Pramila Jayapal admitted that the votes aren’t there for Biden’s Infrastructure bill.
Representative Pramila Jayapal, the leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said the “votes aren’t there” for the bipartisan infrastructure bill.
Although Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said the House will vote Monday on the bipartisan plan, Japayal, a Washington state Democrat, casted doubt that the vote will happen.
“I don’t believe there will be a vote,” she said while appearing on CNN Sunday morning. “The Speaker is an incredibly good vote counter, and she knows exactly where her caucus stands. And we’ve been really clear on that. The votes aren’t there.”
House Democrats have been working to pass two separate infrastructure bills. The smaller of the bills costs $1.2 trillion and passed the Senate in August with bipartisan support. Nineteen Republicans and every Democrat voted for the bill, which includes funding for roads and bridges, high-speed internet, rail and transit, drinking water upgrades, and other priorities meant to shore up the nation’s crumbling infrastructure.
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House progressives have said they will not vote for the separate infrastructure package unless it is accompanied by the much larger social bill, dubbed by the administration as the “Build Back Better” plan.
But some moderates have balked at the current $3.5 trillion size of that plan, leaving to feverish negotiations in search of a middle ground. With the thinnest of margins in both chambers, Democrats can afford to lose almost no party votes.
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