(PresidentialWire.com)- For now, it certainly seems possible that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s evil plan to push through whatever legislation she wants might not succeed. And if it doesn’t, it’ll fail because of members within her own party.
Democrats are having trouble wrangling up enough support for President Joe Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion spending bill and infrastructure plan. While Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are in favor of it, not every member of the Democratic Party is falling in line behind leadership.
Not only are the more moderate Democrats in the Senate opposed to the price tag, some progressives in the House aren’t in full favor if it, either.
It’s been a tug-of-war between those two sects of the party. Moderates are saying they won’t vote on the $3.5 trillion bill until the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package is passed.
Progressives in the House are taking the opposite stance. They say they won’t vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill until the massive social spending bill is passed.
And so, Pelosi and President Joe Biden are facing a conundrum.
In some instances, this wouldn’t be a total end to the hopes for the bill. However, because no Republican in Congress is in support of these packages, Democrats will need to receive the votes of every member of their party — especially in the Senate.
Democrats are going to have to use budget reconciliation to pass this bill and avoid the filibuster in the Senate, which typically requires 60 votes. While the COVID-19 relief package liberals passed with the same strategy earlier this year went relatively smoothly, the same isn’t happening this time around.
On Sunday, Pelosi and Washington Representative Pramila Jayapal both said the votes haven’t come in yet. Pelosi herself said it’s “self-evident” that the massive social spending package could come down in total price tag, less than the $3.5 trillion Biden was hoping for.
The massive price tag, and a lot of the things that are included in it, are a major concern to the moderates in the Democratic Party. They believe that it’s simply too much money to spend at a time when the country has already spent multiple trillions of dollars on relief packages in the last year-and-a-half.
Moderates also aren’t in support of some of the measures that are included in the bill, which were placed in there by Pelosi at the behest of the progressives.
Where Democrats are today is a somewhat surprising place. Biden professed that he was moderate, and that’s where he found himself for much of his political career.
But in his first year in the White House, the president seems to be pushing an extremely progressive package of bills and measures — with Pelosi supporting him all along the way.
That’s been welcome news for some in the party, but it’s caused a lot of strife, anger and resentment from long-time moderates. Now, Democrats are having trouble getting anything done.