House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed the Congress will vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill this Thursday. This comes after initial reports claimed Pelosi was planning to hold the vote Monday, however ended up changing course after realizing the bill did not have the support to pass.
The Hill reports:
“This week is a week of opportunity, as we work to keep government open, conclude negotiations on the Build Back Better Act and advance the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework,” Pelosi wrote.
A group of Democratic centrists had previously secured an agreement with Pelosi that the House would vote by Sept. 27 on the bipartisan infrastructure bill to send it to President Biden for his signature.
But House progressives have long maintained that they wouldn’t vote to pass the bipartisan bill before their priorities are addressed in the larger social spending package, which includes provisions like paid family leave, universal pre-K, free community college and initiatives to address climate change.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, last week said Sept. 27 was an “arbitrary deadline,” adding that “it’s just an attempt to pass one bill and leave behind the bill that has the majority of the president’s agenda.”
Despite Pelosi saying she will not bring the bill to a vote until she’s certain it will have the votes to pass it’s still not clear she will be able to whip up support before Thursday’s vote.