Future of Infrastructure Bill Uncertain As Pelosi Pushes Reconciliation

Future of Infrastructure Bill Uncertain As Pelosi Pushes Reconciliation

(RepublicanPress.org) – President Joe Biden’s polling numbers are falling through the floor in the wake of his botched Afghanistan withdrawal. The Hill published a recent opinion piece predicting that if Biden can’t force through his $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill, it could mark the beginning of the end for him. However, recent wrangling in the House of Representatives puts its future success at risk.

The Senate already passed a bipartisan infrastructure bill on August 10, providing $1 trillion in funding to rebuild roads, bridges, and other conventional infrastructure projects and initiatives. However, on August 23, a group of nine moderate representatives dubbed the “Mod Squad” squared off with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) over the measure’s passage.

What Do They Want?

Led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus head, the nine Democrats wanted to force a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. They claimed the longer the bill sits, the more difficult it would be to pass the measure in the House. The caucus eventually convinced Pelosi to settle on a September 27 vote for the bill.

At the same time, Pelosi wanted to force a vote on both the bipartisan measure and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. Conventional wisdom says that Pelosi thinks she may not be able to pass one without the other.

GOP Representative Johnson Weighs In

Problem Solvers Caucus member Rep. Dusty Johnson (R-SD) weighed in on the chaos surrounding the bipartisan infrastructure bill during an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday, September 15. He predicted that Republicans could back away from the measure’s passage if Speaker Pelosi gets her way and links the two bills together.

According to Johnson, it would be difficult for “honest, forthright fiscal conservatives” to vote for the bipartisan measure if its passage could pave the way for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. Moreover, he thinks Pelosi did a grave disservice to earlier negotiations and that her methods continue to alienate Republicans.

Johnson also said that Pelosi was “holding the infrastructure bill hostage.” Combining the two bills comes with a $4.7 trillion price tag and, as he explained, there could be as many as 100 Democrats concerned with the idea of passing such an expensive package deal. At this point, he’s unsure whether the infrastructure bill will face a vote by the September 27 deadline.

However, Johnson conceded the Speaker is a master at using leverage against her fellow Democrats. “She understands how to put [them] into a box.”

What do you think? Will the Democrats set aside their differences and push through both measures, or will their conflicts get in the way and seal their fate?

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