Michigan Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib reportedly told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), “Hell no,” to a new push to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill independently from the left’s spending bill on Thursday.
The reported event took place as Tlaib was leaving the Progressive Caucus meeting Thursday.
“Hell no on BIF,” says Rep. Tlaib leaving Progressives’ meeting
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) October 28, 2021
Tlaib is one of several progressive House members who oppose a vote on infrastructure until the Senate passes the president’s spending bill. The massive spending act continues to be opposed by Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), in addition to all Senate Republicans.
The smaller infrastructure bill has already passed in the Senate, but Tlaib and others plan to hold out until the Senate moves forward with the spending bill. The all or nothing approach has angered Pelosi and other Democrats who are looking to salvage at least one win before the end of the year.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), the leader of the Progressive Caucus, said Thursday she wants to see the legislative text before making a decision.
“The first step is we’ve gotta see the legislation,” she said before revealing “there are too many ‘no’ votes for the BIF [bipartisan infrastructure bull] to pass” on Thursday.
“There are too many ‘no’ votes for the BIF to pass” today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal tells reporters. Emphasizes that her caucus is enthusiastic about voting for BBB and BIF simultaneously once reconciliation text is out.
— Sarah Mucha (@sarahmucha) October 28, 2021
The battle will now continue at least until November, marking a full year since Biden was elected president without his Build Back Better agenda moving forward.