House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is facing persistent intraparty fighting over the passage of a pair of bills.
Recent reports indicate she is growing impatient with the moderate Democrats standing in the way of a partisan $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan by demanding a vote on a smaller bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“In the order that we originally planned”
During a party leadership call on Monday, Pelosi reportedly lashed out at “amateurs” in her caucus who are refusing to follow her plan.
The massive budget bill is seen by many Democrats as a summation of their top priorities. For her part, the speaker has made no secret that it is her true focus even as moderates urge her to vote on the infrastructure package that passed the Senate with some GOP support.
During Monday’s call, she dismissed those concerns, asserting: “This is no time for amateur hour.”
Pelosi went on to claim that there is “no way we can pass those bills unless we do so in the order that we originally planned.”
Of course, she appeared to acknowledge that Democrats never had a legitimate plan to follow through on the infrastructure compromise, claiming that moderates in her own party were squandering the “leverage” they had on the issue.
“It is essential that we show results”
“For the first time, America’s children have leverage,” she declared. “I will not surrender that leverage.”
It seemed that Pelosi had extended an olive branch by asking the House Rules Committee to consider voting on both bills at the same time, but moderates rejected the proposal.
When the House returns from recess next week, Pelosi is likely to apply pressure to those moderates by scheduling a vote on the $3.5 trillion bill, warning on Tuesday that “any delay in passing the budget resolution could threaten our ability to pass this essential legislation.”
Democrats have already begun whipping the vote on Capitol Hill and plan to pass the budget bill through the reconciliation process that would allow it to advance with a simple majority — and without any GOP support.
Pelosi emphasized to her allies this week that they must pass the president’s agenda while they have a chance, concluding: “It is essential that we show results. Biden’s agenda needs to show the results that we know it can produce.”