October 23, 2021

Nancy Pelosi facing opposition on all sides in attempt to keep infrastructure bill alive

The Biden administration’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure package has created intense controversy among Democrats as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seeks to navigate the legislation through the House.

“Gottheimer doesn’t at all seem like he’s going to back off. If Gottheimer lets Pelosi out of this agreement, he loses some internal credibility. Moderates already doubt the wisdom of the deal he cut, so Gottheimer can’t back off of it now. Gottheimer’s whole shtick was that infrastructure and reconciliation should be separated. They aren’t separated or on different tracks — you’d have to be living on Mars to believe that to be true — but it was a valiant effort,” Punchbowl News reported, speaking of Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ).

“Gottheimer’s view on wanting a Sept. 27 vote is this: Biden should pocket the victory that’s at hand. And there’s some hard truth to that,” the report added.

In addition, 11 Democratic Senators sent a letter to Pelosi. “Congress must not undercut the President’s proposals to confront the climate crisis, create millions of new jobs, and make an historic investment in the American people. Both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act must move together,” Sen. Ed Malarky (D-MA) tweeted.

Rep. Pamila Jayapal (D-WA) also tweeted, “This is the President’s agenda, this is the Democratic agenda, and this is what we promised voters when they delivered us the House, the Senate, and the White House.”

She added, “Now, we must deliver for them.”

Pelosi continues to face the challenges in her own party that threaten to sink the deal completely.

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