(ConservativeInsider.org) – As it currently stands, Democrats in the House have a three-vote margin over Republicans, making it difficult to pass bills with ease. As Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urges her party to pass both the $1-trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5-trillion budget reconciliation bill before the end of August, she’s facing strong pushback from within.
On Thursday, August 12, nine moderate Democrats, led by Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), wrote a letter to Pelosi declaring they would only support the budget resolution if they passed the infrastructure bill first. This directly conflicts with progressives in the party who want the bills put forward together to implement their radical priorities.
The Wall Street Journal went into more detail about the push and pull currently happening within Democratic circles:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shifted tactics on the budget framework and infrastructure bill after nine centrist House members said they wouldn’t vote for the former until the House approves the latter https://t.co/4DSLDOi1BL
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) August 16, 2021
Previously, Pelosi wanted to pass the budget resolution first, followed by the infrastructure bill. But, on Sunday, August 15, Pelosi told Democrats she would ask the Rules Committee to “explore the possibility” of moving the bills forward together to appease the more moderate lawmakers in her party. In response, the nine centrist Democrats said that was a good step, but not good enough.
As the Left continues to figure out how to get their bills through, it’ll be fascinating to see which lawmakers hold fast to their convictions and which give way to the pressures of top Democrats like Pelosi. Americans must wait to find out until the House comes back from its recess on August 23.
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