House Dem Leadership Delays Reconciliation Bill, Pushes for Infrastructure Vote

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) delivers remarks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., November 5, 2021. (Elizabeth Frantz/Reuters)

House Democratic leadership delayed a final vote on the Biden administration’s $1.75 trillion reconciliation package, but vowed to hold a vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill on Friday.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) announced in a “Dear Colleague” letter on Friday afternoon that the House would vote on the infrastructure bill and hold a “rule” vote to set parameters for debate on the reconciliation package.

“Some members want more clarification, or validation, of numbers that have been put forth,” Pelosi said at a press conference on Friday evening. “And we honor that request.”

The delay on a final reconciliation vote came following reported opposition from moderate House Democrats, five of whom said earlier this week that they would not support the package until the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office reports the bill’s true projected cost. House leadership concluded that a CBO score for the reconciliation package would not be available until after Thanksgiving, Punchbowl News reported.

However, House progressives have refused to support the bipartisan infrastructure bill without voting on the reconciliation package. House Progressive Caucus chair Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.) suggested its members could continue to wait until the reconciliation package receives a CBO score.

“If our six colleagues still want to wait for a CBO score, we would agree to give them that time — after which point we can vote on both bills together,” Jayapal said in a statement.

At the press conference at the Capitol, Pelosi insisted that “a large number” of progressives would vote to pass the infrastructure bill. Meanwhile, about 20 progressives are willing to vote against the infrastructure bill, a source told CNN.

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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