Trillion-dollar infrastructure bill delayed because Pelosi stopped it – 24 hrs till shutdown Armageddon

Trillion-dollar infrastructure bill delayed because Pelosi stopped it – 24 hrs till shutdown Armageddon

Nancy Pelosi ruled against putting a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on the floor Thursday night, With less than 24 hours before another US government shutdown,
According to a leadership aide, after progressives rebelled, potentially delaying consideration until Democrats strike an agreement on the separate, much larger social safety net and climate legislation.
Pelosi’s decision came after hours of intense negotiations, including a call with President Joe Biden and a crush of meetings and calls with members of the House Democratic caucus.
The delay puts the speaker past her second self-imposed deadline to hold a vote on the plan after postponing the vote that had been originally slated for Monday.
“A great deal of progress has been made this week, and we are closer to an agreement than ever,” Psaki wrote. “But we are not there yet, and so, we will need some additional time to finish the work, starting tomorrow morning first thing.”

Pelosi’s problem with the infrastructure bill

Negotiations were expected to resume Friday, which White House press secretary Jen Psaki alluded to in a statement late Thursday night thanking Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for their efforts.

Progressives say they’ll withhold their support on the bipartisan infrastructure package until moderates strike a deal with them on the Build Back Better Act. Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal, the Congressional Progressive Caucus chairwoman.

New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, a co-chair of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, touted that he and Pelosi were both whipping Democrats on the floor.

“She’s doing it,” he said earlier Thursday. “It’s the Pelosi magic.”

Following the announcement that the vote had been postponed, Gottheimer tweeted, “It ain’t over yet!”

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