Moderate Democrats have panicked after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her plans to hold a bipartisan infrastructure plan hostage to pass their party’s additional infrastructure goals.
A growing number of Democrats plan to push back on Pelosi’s efforts to tie the two bills together.
Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) said, “Would I like to see a lot of elements of the social infrastructure plan implemented? Absolutely.”
He added, “But I think this is important that we demonstrate that this place can operate. And if we end up getting nothing done because of the objections of either the left or the right, and then shame on all of us.”
Moderate Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) said, “I think the reconciliation process is completely unwarranted. I’m not going to vote for $5 trillion of spending.”
He added, “We spent $5 trillion last year. And I’d argue most all that [was] pretty God-dang important to keep America alive. This year, we don’t need it. Businesses are dying to open. They’re starting to open. COVID is getting behind us.”
Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) said, “Oh, but we got to add all those things. I want to know what we’re looking at there before I can commit. I mean, there’s some things I support, but I just don’t know exactly what that wish list might be.”
Democrats may support a large infrastructure spending bill, but they’re not all willing to risk reelection to get it. Moderates will continue to push for two separate bills, honoring the bipartisan plans made with the GOP.