House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that she plans to bring the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill to the House floor for voting on Thursday, reports CNBC. The vote is currently hinging on a budget reconciliation bill between the Senate and the White House.
Centrist House Democrats have said that they would not vote for the infrastructure bill unless the up to $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill, which includes climate policy and social safety net legislation, is also passed.
The bill comes at time when the government is facing the possibility of shutting down and defaulting on its debt, and it would be the largest expansion of the social safety net in decades. The reconciliation bill includes paid leave, education, child care, green energy, and healthcare initiatives. It passed the House Budget Committee on Saturday and is ready to hit the House floor.
Progressive and moderate Democrats disagree with the size and breadth of the entire package, and Pelosi believes that it will pass, though it might be a for a cheaper price.
“I’m never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes,” she told ABC’s “This Week.” “You cannot choose the date. You have to go when you have the votes in a reasonable time, and we will.”
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