Progressive Democrats: Bipartisan Infrastructure Package Poised to Fail

A scheduled House of Representatives vote on Thursday on a bipartisan infrastructure package that the Senate passed last month is poised to fail despite Democrats controlling both chambers. Democrats who describe themselves as progressive oppose approving the bill unless there’s a vote first that approves a $3.5 trillion budget package. Since that has not happened, they say there’s not enough votes for the infrastructure legislation just one day before the vote. “Right now, it doesn’t look like it,” Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), deputy whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said during an appearance on MSNBC. The progressive bloc has 96 members. Democrats control both the House and the Senate but have slim majorities in each, giving leverage to the bloc. A majority of members will only vote for the infrastructure bill if the budget package is approved first, the caucus said after a meeting Tuesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) already …Read More

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