A pair of moderate House Democrats called Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) After Friday night. President Biden made it clear. Its 2 1.2 trillion bilateral infrastructure bill will not move forward until party members reach an agreement on a major social spending bill.
“Although I have a lot of respect for the speaker, I think the decision to delay the vote again on the bilateral infrastructure bill is wrong,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (de Fla.) Said in a statement.
Pelosi initially promised moderates that the infrastructure bill would go to the polls by September 27. He then allowed the deadline to be extended to Thursday because progressives dug in his heels and vowed to vote against the legislation if it was struck before the floor of the House. The social spending bill, called the Bloodback Better Act.
After the House Democratic leadership. Failed to secure agreement That would have allowed a vote on Thursday night, Biden said on Capitol Hill on Friday afternoon and left no doubt that The bills were “tied together.” According to Progressive Leader Rep. Pramila J. Paul (D Wash).
In his statement, Murphy claimed that Pelosi had promised to “collect votes” for the infrastructure bill to ensure its approval.
“This promise was set out in a House resolution that every Democrat supported,” he said. “This written commitment was the only reason there were equal votes in the House. Start the reconciliation process – That is to start the process of writing the Blood Back Better Act.
Murphy then surrounded his left-wing colleagues, whom he said tried to block the bill in a misguided attempt to “take advantage” of his fellow Democrats.
“I hope my colleagues will reconsider their position,” he added. Whether they do or not, all members of the House should be required to vote on the Bilateral Infrastructure Bill and accept the results of that vote.
Murphy concluded by saying he would support a social spending bill that is “bold as the vote will be tolerated, that is financially disciplined, and that measures to tackle climate change In my mind, there is no zero-connection between these two bills; no member of Congress, and certainly no member of my own party, has the slightest advantage over my vote. I believe it is in the best interests of my constituency and my country, and in accordance with my conscience.
Another moderate, Representative Josh Gotimer. The D-NJ said Pelosi “violated its strong, public commitment to get votes from members of Congress and the American people and to pass a bilateral infrastructure bill once a century.”
“We cannot leave this small faction to the extreme left; we can destroy the president’s agenda and stop creating 2 million jobs a year,” he added. “We were chosen to find a reasonable, common sense solution for the American people – not to be a distant obstacle.
“This left-wing faction is ready to jeopardize the entire agenda of the president, including this historic bilateral infrastructure package. They have endangered civilization and the bilateral government. I will not stop fighting for these people.” Whom I represent, and I will not stop fighting to end the historic, two-way infrastructure bill – to help New Jersey communities, families and workers. “
Murphy and Gottimer are both moderate Democrats in the 19-member Blue Dog Alliance. The party has a majority of only eight seats in the House and all Republicans are likely to vote against the Bloodback Better Act, with Pelosi and his allies losing only three Democratic votes before defeating the bill. Gottheimer and the other moderate is a small but powerful bloc.