(RepublicanReport.org) – The Democrats’ ambitions concerning infrastructure legislation have been causing consternation in Washington, DC for months. However, it appears there’s finally been a significant bipartisan breakthrough. Defying criticism from some conservative voices (including former President Donald Trump), 19 Republicans in the Senate supported a $1-trillion bill and budget resolution related to infrastructure spending this week. However, the proposal has a major hurdle left to jump in the House of Representatives.
On Tuesday, August 10, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) released a statement referencing the “final infrastructure and reconciliation packages.” This could signal that Pelosi will sit on the $1-trillion bill until a $3.5-trillion reconciliation bill accompanies it.
The House will continue to work with the Senate to ensure that our priorities For The People are included in the final infrastructure and reconciliation packages, in a way that is resilient and will #BuildBackBetter. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/Cgzhep3Qei
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) August 10, 2021
This is a potentially fraught scenario for Pelosi, as her party is divided on the issue. Some moderate Democrats would like to prioritize pushing through the $1-trillion bill. At the same time, those on the far left of the party feel the trillion-dollar bill doesn’t do enough by itself and want the larger reconciliation package.
There are also procedural considerations to take into account. Congressional committees will need to pen a bill based on the Senate’s resolution, a process that could take weeks.
So, while the infrastructure saga continues, Americans could still be a long way away from the day when President Joe Biden puts pen to paper on a piece of legislation as big as the Left wants, if he ever does.
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