November 30, 2021

Moderate Democrats hold up infrastructure vote waiting to hear from the Congressional Budget Office score

House Democrats were not successful in passing their much-lauded bipartisan infrastructure bill on Friday after a huge push by both Congressional members and the White House. 

According to The Daily Caller‘s report, the social-safety net bill collapsed after several moderate Democrats were unwilling to sign the $1.75 trillion budget. 

The unwilling Congress members didn’t allow the rest of their party to push time into a vote until they got a score from the Congressional Budget Office on the massive spending package.

“Democrats originally teed up the both bills for final passage late Thursday, advancing the budget through the House Rules Committee just before midnight. Their plan, however, unraveled Friday morning as the moderates refused to change their position even after meeting with party leadership,” the Daily Caller reported. 

However, Friday the negotiations were unsuccessful in convincing Democrats who were not ready to sign on without the CBO score, and progressives were unwilling to table the vote until the report came in.

 Pelosi announced in a Dear Colleague letter, that the vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill would go forward: “The agenda that we are advancing is transformative and historic, hence challenging,” Pelosi said.

The House Speaker was contradicted by the chair of the far-left Congressional Progressive Caucus Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal who seemed to give in to the request: 

“As we’ve constantly said, there are dozens of members who want to vote both bills … out of the House together,” Jayapal said in a statement. “We now understand that there are six Democratic members who want a formal CBO score on Build Back Better before voting.”

“If our six colleagues want to wait for a CBO score, we would agree to give them that time – after which point we can vote on both bills together,” Jayapal concluded.

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