Connecticut Democratic senator indicated that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should consider breaking her promise to representatives and postpone the infrastructure bill vote.
According to a report by Breitbart News, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) told reporters Tuesday that Pelosi should consider postponing the $1.2 trillion “bipartisan” infrastructure vote scheduled for next week.
“The bipartisan bill does not expire. The House can pass it this month. The House can pass it next month. It will still have a very important impact on the country. I would hope that we’d be able to do both,” Murphy said
The Connecticut senator’s comments were reported via a tweet by a Fox News reporter Chad Pergram who covers Congress for the network.
Murphy continued to offer advice to the leader of the lower house of Congress, saying that Pelosi’s signed agreement with House Democrats has no real merit and that she should just consider the Sept. 27 deadline “arbitrary.”
“I think it’s not enough to do hard infrastructure spending,” Murphy explained. “There’s no need to put arbitrary deadlines on when the hard infrastructure bill passes the House.”
The House Speaker signed the deal on Aug. 24, saying that the House would continue to negotiate the infrastructure budget and allocation, excluding the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package some Democrats were pushing for.
As for Pelosi, she says the deal represents “committing to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by September 27.” However, the speaker could have her own motivations, including the consideration that some Democrats will start to stand against the bill.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) put her own pressure on the case saying Monday that if Pelosi didn’t honor her deal, Sinema will reportedly oppose Biden’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, which could spell a death blow to Democrats’ hops of passing it in the Senate.