Eleven United States senators have supported a majority of the House Progressive Caucus’ promise this week to vote against the so-called infrastructure bill when it is up for a vote next Monday if Democrats’ $3.5 trillion bill is not passed first.
“Congress can pass the most consequential economic law since the New Deal,” they collectively said in a letter. “We can form millions of great-paying jobs as we fix our eroding infrastructure, deal with the climate crisis, and finally deal with the long-neglected crises hurting millions of low-income or working-class American families across this nation. But we can meet these goals only if we continue with our original agreement.”
Those issuing the comment were Democratic Senators Cory Booker, Mazie Hirono, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeff Merkley, Ed Markey, Bernie Sanders, Alex Padilla, Brian Schatz, Elizabeth Warren, Tina Smith and Sheldon Whitehouse.
Though Dems have a narrow majority in both the Senate and the House, moderates and the far-left are fighting over the two programs, which include most of President Biden’s domestic plan. Moderates such as Senators Joe Manchin from West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona have objected to the budget’s scope and size, with the former saying we need a “pause” on the budget until next year and the latter promising to not support it without passing the infrastructure bill first.
Progressives, however, have promised the opposite, saying they will tank the infrastructure bill if the larger spending package does not succeed. Washington Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, the House Progressive Caucus Chair, said to CNN Tuesday that “over half” of her caucus would vote against the infrastructure bill if the reconciliation package is not first passed, which deals with long-sought Liberal priorities ranging from climate change to child care.
“We will not vote for this bill without a reconciliation bill also getting passed,” Jayapal said.
President Biden it seems is in a hard position given the division within the Democratic party along with Republican opposition. This is on top of the increasing public anxiety over exploding inflation in America’s money supply and an economy that is looking more bearish by the day.
Author: Scott Dowdy