Not long ago, President Joe Biden engaged in public chest-beating in the wake of the successful negotiation of a bipartisan, $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that would hand his administration a much-needed legislative victory.
However, according to the Washington Examiner, it would appear as if Biden’s hopes of getting the bill through Congress are fading fast, as a number of far-left senators, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are now urging their progressive House colleagues to block the bill until their ridiculous, $3.5 trillion spending bill passes.
The news comes on the heels of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) repeatedly vowing to hold up the infrastructure package unless the spending bill is passed alongside it.
Sanders joins the fight
Sanders, a Democratic-socialist, made his feelings crystal clear on whether the House should take a vote on Biden’s infrastructure bill, joining Pelosi and others who appear to be using their power to hold the bill hostage.
“The House of Representatives should wait to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill,” Sanders, Senate Budget Committee Chairman, said this week.
Over the summer, the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support.
Sanders, along with several other progressive senators, issued a joint statement on the matter, saying, “This is what we agreed to, it’s what the American people want and it’s the only path forward for this congress.”
It’s no secret as to why Sanders and his ilk want to see the $3.5 trillion spending bill passed, even at the detriment of Biden’s infrastructure deal, as it includes a long wish-list of progressive entitlements, including “free community college, free preschool, paid family and medical leave, expanded Medicare benefits, new child tax credits,” and more, the Examiner noted.
Sanders and his progressive Senate colleagues insisted that the only reason they supported the infrastructure bill in the first place was because of the thought that both bills would pass in tandem.
“We voted for the bipartisan bill with the clear commitment that the two pieces of the package would move together along a dual track,” the group of senators added in their statement.
The group continued, writing: “Abandoning the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act and passing the infrastructure bill first would be in violation of that agreement.”
Only time will tell if the progressive wing of both chambers of Congress has the influence and power to get what they want, but no matter what, it’s safe to assume that Biden is not very happy about the current situation.