Pelosi sets vote on Biden’s infrastructure agenda despite moderate Dems’ revolt


Pelosi sets vote on Biden’s infrastructure agenda despite moderate Dems’ revolt

Pelosi sets vote on Biden’s infrastructure agenda despite moderate Dems’ revolt

The House is expected to vote Tuesday afternoon on a procedural measure that will advance key parts of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda after a group of moderate Democrats threatened to unravel it all.

House Democratic leaders had attempted to pull off a risky maneuver late Monday to approve a $3.5 trillion budget framework that will move along Biden’s infrastructure plan, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to abandon that plan at the 11th hour after negotiations fell flat around midnight.

On Tuesday, Democrats reconvened behind closed doors and announced a deal was close to emerging between the warring factions.

“I’m sorry that we couldn’t land the plane last night, and that you all had to wait. But that’s just part of the legislative progress. I think we’re close to landing the plane,” Pelosi said to her Democratic colleagues, according to a source familiar with discussions.

The emerging deal is that leadership will likely guarantee a vote in the final week of September on the bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure bill. They will also “deem and pass” the budget resolution as part of the procedural vote Tuesday.

The House Committee on Rules was expected to meet for a third time on Tuesday afternoon to add language to the procedural measure that will essentially say the House “shall consider” the bipartisan infrastructure bill on September 27 if the House hasn’t already acted on the bill before then. This change to the language is expected to assuage concerns from moderates who wanted a firmer timeline before committing to the procedural vote Tuesday.

“Moderates wanted a date certain, and this meets that request,” a senior Democratic aide told ABC News.

The House is expected to vote on the procedural rule Tuesday that advances the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and critical voting rights legislation, but they will also tack on a budget resolution that unlocks Democrats’ ability to craft a much larger bill that they can pass with a simple majority of Democratic support, under a process called “reconciliation.”

Pelosi’s strategy to consolidate the budget resolution’s final passage with the procedural rule is expected to pay off in the face of growing discontent among some moderates who had demanded a standalone vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed the Senate earlier this month.

Pelosi has long vowed to hold on to that bipartisan bill until a much larger, $3.5 trillion “human” infrastructure bill filled with Democratic priorities is passed first.

Up until Tuesday morning, it was unclear if Democrats had the votes to pass the procedural rule at all.

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