Lawmakers prepare for spending bill and votes on infrastructure


Lawmakers took to political news broadcasts on Sunday to express divergent views on three major bills set to go to the House this week; a $ 3.5 trillion social spending program with key proposals from the Biden administration, a $ 1,000 billion bipartisan infrastructure program, and a funding bill to prevent the government shutting down on October 1.

But the highest price of the $ 3.5 trillion bill may not reach the total desired by the Biden administration, according to the president Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi: House due to pass 3 big spending bills this week Sunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date for infrastructure vote; administration defends immigration policies GOP should seize opportunity to overturn Pelosi’s plan on reconciliation MORE (D-Calif) suggested it would be less.

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” show, Pelosi said it was “obvious” that the spending bill would be lower than the $ 3.5 trillion proposed by the Biden administration, in part because some Democratic lawmakers said they would not support him at that time. amount. Others say they won’t support the bipartisan package unless they vote on the $ 3.5 trillion bill first.

“I think even those who want a smaller number support the president’s vision,” Pelosi told the ABC host. George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert Stephanopoulos Surgeon General: “Our enemy is the virus. It’s not each other ‘Christie: Biden’s new vaccine mandate will’ harden opposition ‘GOP Senator on Texas abortion law: Supreme Court will’ crush him ” when ‘it comes to them appropriately’ ‘MORE. “We have to find common ground, respectful of everyone’s point of view. This is not about moderates versus progressives.”

Despite the expected changes, Pelosi expressed optimism about the passage of the spending bill and the infrastructure package.

“We will make progress this week,” Pelosi said of the spending bill.

“Let me just say that we are going to pass the bill this week,” Pelosi said of the infrastructure bill, adding: “I never submit a bill to the ground that does not have them. voice”.

Pelosi announced on Friday that she intends to vote on the infrastructure bill this week, although she did not guarantee a vote at the time.

representing Josh gottheimer (DN.J.), a moderate, also seemed to believe it would be possible to pass the bipartisan $ 1,000 billion infrastructure bill while adding that lawmakers would “continue to work” on the reconciliation.

“You have the infrastructure, a unique historical site in the century [bill]… There’s no reason we shouldn’t embrace this right now and put those shovels in the ground, ”Gottheimer said on CNN’s“ State of the Union ”.

However, Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalSunday shows preview: Pelosi announces date of infrastructure vote; Administration defends On The Money immigration policies – House pushes vote on infrastructure Biden’s baffling decisions leave allies wondering where they stand MORE (D-Wash.), A senior Democratic caucus official and key progressive lawmaker who helps count votes, did not appear to share the optimism of his colleagues, simply saying “the votes are not there.”

“I don’t believe there will be a vote,” Jayapal said of the “State of the Union” infrastructure bill. “The President is an incredibly good vote counter, and she knows exactly where her caucus is, and we’ve been very clear about that.”

According to The Hill’s list of whips, 11 Democratic lawmakers have currently publicly stated that they oppose the passage of bipartisan infrastructure at this time. There are also currently seven members of the Republican House who say they will vote for it.

Senator Cory bookerCory BookerTim Scott Says Police Reform Talks Crumble With Democrats Over Funding For Sunday Show Preview: Pelosi Announces Date For Infrastructure Vote; Administration defends immigration policies Democrats pressure Schumer to remove Confederate statues from Capitol Hill MORE (DN.J.) appeared to be on the same page as Pelosi, saying he would push for “big and bold” measures in the spending bill, even though he acknowledged the price was likely to change.

“If we make a $ 3 trillion bill, a $ 2.5 trillion bill, I’m going to push to be as big and bold as possible. But it will be a historic investment in America,” he said. Booker said on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

Addressing the rift between progressive and moderate Democrats, Booker rebuffed suggestions that there was mistrust within the caucus.

“I don’t think it’s a matter of trust. I think it’s a matter of whether I’ve been here, this city, for eight years now, watching the best intentions not manifest into something real. “Booker told the NBC host. Chuck toddCharles (Chuck) David Todd.. “And so I just want to make sure this isn’t a bunch of people fighting in Congress. It’s about the American people.”


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