House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may have finally met a diplomatic situation that she can’t strong-arm her way out of, as she tries to stop moderates and progressives from fighting over the passage of two different infrastructure bills, including the $3.5 trillion spending bill that some moderates believe is too big, as Breitbart reported.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), who leads the Problem Solvers Caucus, is pushing Pelosi to vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill, which has already passed the Senate. She has reportedly promised to do so, but has sparked the ire of her progressive colleagues if she chooses to take that path.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) says she has 48 progressive colleagues who will block the bill unless it is linked to the $3.5 trillion package that is currently in the process of going through budget reconciliation.
The $3.5 trillion bill is under threat by moderate Democrats in the Senate, however, Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have both said they will not vote for the $3.5 trillion package, which means it will not gain passage in a 50-50 split Senate.
Biden needs a win
On the other hand, the House majority is only four to five votes, so Jayapal doesn’t need anywhere near 48 colleagues to block either one of the bills if she’s not happy with the way things are going.
Gottheimer seems likely to hold Pelosi’s feet to the fire on her vote promise, reasoning that if the House votes on the smaller package on Sept. 27, President Joe Biden can snag a win at a time when he really, truly needs it.
The reconciliation package may be months away from being ready for a vote if Democrats can’t somehow get Manchin and Sinema on board.
The way it looks now, it may never be passed.
Biden slips below Pelosi
According to the Daily Caller, a new Gallup poll showed that Biden’s poll numbers have slipped below those of Vice President Kamala Harris for the first time ever. Biden had only 43% approval in the poll, while Harris had 49%.
The public perceives that Biden failed to properly handle the evolving immigration crisis, and has allowed at least a million illegal immigrants to cross the border this year alone.
Even larger, the American people have been clearly upset by Biden’s failure to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan in a safe and effective way, leaving hundreds of American citizens behind and 13 U.S. service members dead.
Even a win on a bipartisan infrastructure bill is unlikely, at this point, to help Biden much, given his colossal string of failures since taking office.