Democrats are up to their same old tricks but with a new twist. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is simultaneously threatening obstruction while strongarming Republicans to pass a bloated bill stuffed with the left’s radical agenda.
Pelosi said she will not hold a vote on the Republicans’ infrastructure bill unless the Senate rams through the $3.5 trillion Democrat spending spree through reconciliation, Breitbart reported. This is significant because reconciliation circumvents the two-thirds requirement and prevents filibuster.
Democrats led by Pelosi have attempted to intertwine the two bills in hopes of getting their radical agenda passed while thwarting Republicans’ opportunity for a political win. Republicans are wary of passing this much spending through the back-door reconciliation process.
“We are here to get the job done,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference, according to Fox News. “We cannot respond to some of the legislation until the Senate acts. We will not take up the infrastructure bill until the Senate passes the reconciliation measure,” she claimed.
The two bills are part of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. The infrastructure bill is a bipartisan $1.2 trillion package that mostly takes care of actual infrastructure. The Democrats’ hefty $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill includes goodies like Medicare expansion, free college, universal preschool, and climate change spending.
Biden had threatened to veto the infrastructure bill even if it passed but quickly walked that back. Still, other Democrats are similarly promising mutually assured destruction if their bill doesn’t get through.
Democrats have a razor-thin majority in the House and a technical majority in the Senate, which is split 50-50 with Vice President Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker vote. Both parties need the other if this legislation is to pass, though it seems the Democrats are trying their usual underhanded tactics.
The bipartisan bill would give money to important infrastructure repair, but the Democrats are holding it hostage. Pelosi and the Democrats always want their way, and they’ll stop at nothing to ram through their handouts — even if it means holding up other important spending.