Pelosi seeks to push forward bipartisan infrastructure bill and $ 3.5 trillion budget plan at the same time

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Washington – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Sunday that she was seeking to advance the bipartite infrastructure bill and one broader budget framework of $ 3.5 trillion simultaneously, an effort to keep House Democrats united as the House prepares to pass the plans.

Pelosi said in a letter to fellow Democrats on Sunday that she had asked the House Rules Committee to “explore the possibility” of a rule, which governs the floor debate, which advances the budget resolution and the bipartite bill on infrastructure. Both measures were passed by the Senate last week.

“This will put us on the right track to move the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation bill forward,” the California Democrat said.

Pelosi said his plan was for the House to pass the $ 3.5 trillion budget resolution the week of August 23, which would then pave the way for the Democratic-controlled House to approve its reconciliation bill encompassing the priorities. from President Biden on health care, child care and education “as soon as possible”.

Pelosi’s plan to tie the bipartisan infrastructure bill to the budget resolution comes after a group of nine moderate Democrats told him last week that they would not vote for a budget resolution until the bipartisan infrastructure plan is passed by the House and is enacted.

But his efforts to move the two simultaneously have already fallen flat with moderate Democratic lawmakers, who reiterated in a statement later Sunday that their point of view was unchanged: vote quickly on the bipartisan bill first, then consider the budget resolution.

“As the president reiterated after the Senate infrastructure bill was passed, we have to put shovels in the ground and people at work,” they said, adding that the nation “cannot do everything. just don’t afford delays. “

The moderate Democrats’ refusal on how to proceed to move the two measures complicates Pelosi’s initial plan for the House not to vote on the bipartisan bill until the Senate passes the biggest legislative package of 3, $ 5 trillion.

Progressives, meanwhile, have said they will not support the bipartisan infrastructure plan until broader social programs legislation is approved by the upper house.

The House is expected to cut its August recess short and return to Washington next week to begin work on the two proposals.

The Senate approved the infrastructure bill with bipartisan support, a major victory for Mr Biden as he seeks to implement his economic agenda. Its passage was the culmination of months of negotiations between the White House and a bipartisan group of senators. The plan includes $ 550 billion in new spending to revitalize the country’s roads, bridges, railways and ports.

The upper house then passed a party-friendly budget resolution, paving the way for its massive $ 3.5 trillion measure. Democrats use a process called budget reconciliation to approve the comprehensive plan, which allows all spending to pass through the Senate without GOP support.

The budget resolution is the second part of a two-pronged strategy used by Democratic leaders to implement Mr Biden’s economic priorities.

Zak Hudak and Kris Van Cleave contributed to this report


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