According to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the Democrats will try to pass their bloated spending bills through Congress in the coming weeks.
Fox News reports that Pelosi, in particular, called this week a “time of intensity” in a letter that she sent to her fellow House Democrats on Sunday. “The next few days will be a time of intensity,” she wrote.
Pelosi and the Democrats are going to try to pass three massive spending bills: the $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill, the government funding bill, and President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending package.
Pelosi marked September 30th as “a date fraught with meaning,” as it is the day that the government is set to run out of money for surface transportation funding. So, it appears that we will see a lot of action between now and then, especially on the $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill.
The latest on this bill
Pelosi has waivered with regard to the $1.1 trillion infrastructure bill.
Originally, Pelosi said that the House would vote on this bill on September 27th. But, during a television interview over the weekend, Pelosi changed the 27th to “this week.” And then, in the letter that she sent to House Democrats, she set the date for Thursday, September 30th.
The issue, as Pelosi herself seemed to admit, is that it is unclear whether or not Pelosi actually has the votes necessary to pass the bill. She said during the television interview, “you know, I’m never bringing a bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes.”
The problem that Pelosi has faced and has tried to downplay is infighting between moderate and progressive Democrats. The progressives have threatened not to support the $1.1 trillion bill unless a much larger multi-trillion dollar bill is included along with it. And, the moderates have been against the larger bill.
Given the slim majority that the Democrats have in the House, this has threatened the bill’s passage, which, no doubt, is why Pelosi had to postpone the vote.
Does Pelosi have the votes now?
The answer is still unclear.
Breitbart has put out a report indicating that some of the more modern Democrats have capitulated on the $3.5 infrastructure bill. But, it remains to be seen if the progressives will do the same on the $1.1 trillion bill.
This is shaping up to be a defining moment for President Joe Biden and the Democrats. We’ll have to see if Democratic leadership is going to be able to get everyone in line. If they want to have any shot in the upcoming 2022 elections, they must – hence Pelosi’s urgency.