October 22, 2021

Democrat senators demand Pelosi postpone infrastructure bill vote

Eleven Democratic Senators wrote a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday asking her to postpone a vote on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package until after Sept. 27 in violation of her pledge to House Democrats.

The House “should wait to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill until the budget reconciliation bill … is sent to the President’s desk,” Burgess Everett tweeted.

Among those who signed the letter are Sens. Cory Booker (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Tina Smith (D-MN), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), according to Breitbart News.

In contrast, Florida Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy said, “I would be deeply disappointed if she didn’t put the infrastructure bill on the floor as the resolution requires her to.”

Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema gave Pelosi a stronger message. If the House fails to meet the September 27 deadline, she will reportedly oppose Biden’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.

Sinema’s position is important, as Democrats will need every vote in order to pass the legislation. At the moment, the bill continues on shaky ground.

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