House Democrats to Hold Infrastructure Vote
However, they plan to wait on party-line mega-bill
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plan to pass a $1.9 trillion economic package and a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, two pillars of President Joe Biden's agenda, was at risk of collapsing as leaders struggled to unify progressives and moderates, though signs of progress emerged Friday night as Democrats resumed debate on the House floor.
After previously expressing confidence that both bills will pass on Friday, Pelosi indicated in the afternoon that they would just move the infrastructure bill amid push back from moderates that the $1.9 trillion bill needs an official cost estimate from the Congressional Budget Office, a process that could take about two weeks.
After hours of negotiating, the House finally moved forward to a series of procedural votes Friday night, meaning that the bipartisan infrastructure vote could still be sent to Biden's desk, despite opposition from progressives who have warned that they will sink the infrastructure bill if it moves ahead without the separate economic package, known as the Build Back Better Act.
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