House Republican support for a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill continues to decline as lawmakers near the Democrats’ self-imposed Halloween deadline.
Democrats now face the possibility that the infrastructure bill will not pass the House, a key part of the proposed plan that includes a second $3.5 trillion spending plan the left seeks to support.
The connection between the two bills has become one of the reasons Republicans will not support the infrastructure bill. The legislation was originally considered bipartisan, as members form both parties developed the original plan.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already delayed plans to vote on the bill once, as progressive leaders demanded a vote on the larger spending bill first.
“Speaker Pelosi and Chuck Schumer went and demanded that President Biden link the two bills — infrastructure with taxes and spending,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise said.
“It’s really a fight between socialists and liberals over there. There are no moderates left.”
Scalise made enough noise to help delay the vote, but some Republicans continue to support the plan. Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski told the Washington Examiner, “I think that this is a positive win, and I would hope that everybody would look at this, Republicans and Democrats, progressives and conservatives, and look at this on its face.”
Oct. 31 could end up being a no, another delay or a yes for the House on infrastructure. The decision is still out, but the signals increasingly point to no for House Republicans.