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Biden and Pelosi Push for Infrastructure Vote Today

President Joe Biden talks with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as they depart after the president met with Democratic lawmakers to promote his infrastructure bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C, October 1, 2021. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

On Thursday morning, the White House released a “framework” for a budget-reconciliation bill that would spend nearly $2 trillion on social programs and the environment.

Pelosi and Biden used the announcement of the framework to demand that the House pass — by the end of the day — the separate $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill that was passed by the Senate in August.

A crucial bloc of House progressives have been holding the infrastructure bill hostage, saying they won’t vote for infrastructure until there’s a final deal on the social-spending budget-reconciliation bill.

On Wednesday, House progressives demanded actual legislative text for the nearly $2 trillion bill — not merely the sketch of a “framework” — something that has not been delivered.* A small number of Republicans are expected to support the infrastructure, but even with their support Pelosi can only afford to lose anywhere from eight to 20 progressive Democrats.

 

*Update: I reported earlier that House Democrats would not be able to produce legislative text, but they have just released an updated version of the reconciliation bill. It’s 1,684 pages:

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