Pelosi is considering delaying the vote on a bipartisan infrastructure measure.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned on Sunday that if a bipartisan infrastructure bill does not receive enough support to succeed, she may not put it to a vote on the House floor.
Pelosi, D-Calif., predicted that the House will pass the $1 trillion infrastructure measure this week, but she hinted that it would not happen on Monday because she had previously promised to implementing moderates’ wishes.
Pelosi told ABC News’ This Week, “I’m never taking to the floor a bill that doesn’t have the votes.”
“You don’t get to pick the date,” she continued. “You must leave once you have the votes in a decent amount of time, which we will.”
One source of anxiety about the vote is a threat from House progressives that they will not vote on the bipartisan package until the White House prepares a larger $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill for a vote.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Washington, told CNN’s State of the Union that she, too, does not expect a vote on Monday.
Jayapal stated, “The speaker is an extraordinarily excellent vote counter, and she knows exactly where her caucus stands, and we’ve been quite clear on that.”
“This is a pre-conference bill,” she explained, “which means that everyone, in the Senate and the House, needs to agree to it.”
In regards to enacting President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending bill, Jayapal noted that “urgency is critical.”
She stated, “We want it to happen as quickly as possible.” “If that’s going to happen, we need the Senate to engage with us.”
Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., also appeared on CNN and offered an opposing viewpoint, saying that he supports the $3.5 trillion spending package but that it and the infrastructure plan are “two independent things.”
“You have the infrastructure, a once-in-a-generation [bill]… “There’s no reason why we shouldn’t pass it now and get those shovels in the ground,” Gottheimer added.
Pelosi also stated on Sunday that the House must deal with an impending government shutdown on Oct. 1 after the chamber approved a plan on Tuesday to keep the federal government open until December 3 and extend the debt ceiling suspension past the 2022 midterm elections.
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