Democrats just don’t have the votes, but Pelosi believes there will be a vote today.
Despite her promise to pass the $1.2 trillion dollar infrastructure bill yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to cancel the vote after failing to sure-up support from the far left.
“Pelosi had insisted all week that the infrastructure legislation would come up for a vote Thursday. She had initially promised moderate members of her conference who supported that measure that it would be voted on by Sept. 27, but allowed the deadline to slide as she sought to placate progressives who wanted to vote on the larger [$3.5T reconciliation] bill first,” the New York Post reports.
“I plan on moving forward in a positive direction. I’m only envisioning taking it up and winning,” Pelosi said.
The secretive nature of both the infrastructure and reconciliation bill negotiations has drawn the ire of Senator Bernie Sanders, who now says the infrastructure bill must be defeated.
“It is an absurd way to do business, to be negotiating a multi-trillion-dollar bill a few minutes before a major vote with virtually nobody knowing what’s going on. That’s unacceptable. And I think what has got to happen is that tonight, the bipartisan infrastructure bill must be defeated,” Sanders said.
“It’s absolutely imperative that we pass a strong, reconciliation bill that deals with the needs of working families, and it deals with the existential threat of climate change,” the Senator added.
Pelosi left the Capitol after midnight, telling reporters, “There’ll be a vote today.”