(PresidentialWire.com)- President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi are getting some pushback from unlikely people — moderates within their own party.
On Monday night, a group of moderate Democrats in the House threatened to not vote in favor of the party’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure plan unless the House pass an already-approved $1 trillion bipartisan package.
The Senate already passed that bipartisan bill that will cover expansion of broadband services, as well as power grid, road, bridge and other infrastructure projects.
Democrats had to meet in private Monday night as they returned to Washington, as leaders of the party were trying to broker a deal to keep everything on track. Pelosi tried to tell members of her party that they needed to get in line and come to an agreement so they didn’t miss out on an opportunity to deliver on another one of Biden’s campaign promises.
One person who attended the meeting told media outlet The Hill that Pelosi said:
“Right now, we have an opportunity to pass something so substantial for our country, so transformative we haven’t seen anything like it.”
She added it was “unfortunate” Democrats had to be discussing the entire process all over again when they should be spending their valuable time instead debating policy.
“We cannot squander this majority and this Democratic White House by not passing what we need to do.”
It’s so essential that Pelosi get all her members on board, since there is likely to be no support from any Republicans in either the House or the Senate for Biden’s massive infrastructure bill.
Because of this, Democrats are going to have to pass the bill using budget reconciliation in the Senate, which would allow the bill to go through with just the support of all 50 Democrats.
Over in the House, they just need a simple majority to pass the bill. That was never really in question until now, though, with the moderate wing of the liberals fighting back against the agenda that Pelosi and Biden are trying to push through Washington.
On Monday, Pelosi tried to steer her party membership in a direction that would start the process of introducing the bill and debating it. She apparently doesn’t want the process to be held up now, and is content debating specific aspects of the bill, and the overall policy, at a later time.
Many of the Democrats’ committee chairs tried to convince the rest of the caucus to move forward, too. The chair of the Ways and Means Committee, Massachusetts Representative Richard Neal, said:
“There’s a long way to go on the legislative issues that are going to play out over the next month. But for the moment, the argument here is about: Shall the House proceed.”
Sources familiar with the discussion weren’t sure whether the closed-doors meeting was enough to sway the moderate Democrats. After all, another closed-door meeting had to be held immediately following the first one to try to get them on board.