This strong Dem’s attempt was just recently confirmed by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.
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According to the Hill,
“Pelosi stated that the $3.5 trillion price tag for the larger infrastructure package, a legislative priority for the Biden administration, will remain the topline number for the bill. The bill would include child care, home health care, and paid family and medical leave.”
The bill would include child care, home health care, and paid family and medical leave.
“The President has been clear: this is the number that will honor his vision to Build Back Better,” she said.
“This is the number that has been agreed to in the Senate and is now before us in the House. Accordingly, we will write a reconciliation bill with the Senate that is consistent with that top line,” she added.
Earlier this month, the Senate passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure with support from both sides of the aisle. This piece of legislation allocated money for more traditional infrastructure such as updates to electrical grids, water systems, public transit, and airports.
Following the bill’s passage in the upper chamber, the Senate also passed the $3.5 trillion budget resolution, a move that paves the way for Democrats to pass their larger spending package without GOP support, bypassing the legislative filibuster. The resolution now awaits a decision in the House.
“Any delay to passing the budget resolution threatens the timetable for delivering the historic progress and the transformative vision that Democrats share,” Pelosi said.
“The House is hard at work to enact both the Build Back Better Plan and the bipartisan infrastructure bill before October 1st when the BIF would go into effect,” she added.
But, many think that her confidence is just a play, and it isn’t true;y supported by enough votes.
According to the report published by Fox News,
“Moderate Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick said Monday that there are likely enough GOP votes for the bipartisan infrastructure bill to overcome the number of Democrats vowing to block it, as centrists from both parties pressure House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the legislation for a vote. Fitzpatrick, the co-chairman of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, also warned that moderate Republicans could turn against the compromise legislation passed by the Senate if Pelosi, D-Calif., delays the bill’s consideration or ties it to Democrats’ $3.5 trillion spending plan they hope to pass via budget reconciliation.
“If the BIF is stand-alone, there is significant Republican support,” the congressman from outside Philadelphia told Fox News. “If the BIF is linked to any other bill or held up for months, that support would fall apart.”