Federal Relations

September 27, 2021

House to Start Debate on Infrastructure Bill Today

After nonstop negotiations with different factions of her own party late last week and through the weekend, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) scheduled the floor debate on the bipartisan infrastructure package f to start today.

The House leadership finds itself in a tough spot, as a group of Democratic progressives have insisted that they would not vote for the infrastructure legislation that was passed by the Senate on a bipartisan basis without a commitment to bring up a larger $3.5-trillion budget reconciliation package.  At the same time, a group of moderates have  balked at the size of the reconciliation package while supporting the infrastructure deal.  Progressives fear that moderates will walk away from the larger bill if they get to vote on the infrastructure package first.  Pelosi had earlier committed to bringing up the $1.5-trillion infrastructure bill for a floor vote today.  Vote to pass the bill, assuming there are enough votes, is currently scheduled for Thursday.

Read more about the situation here and here.