The Democratic House Speaker is under pressure to NOT stall thinks by an increasing number of her party members….
President Biden is also anxious to move ahead and change the daily media focus….
One would assume for several reasons including his Afghan dilemma , the pandemic and his falling polling numbers….
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Saturday that the lower chamber is “hard at work” to pass both a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a larger, Democrat-backed spending package by Oct. 1.
In a “Dear Colleague” letter distributed Saturday night, the Speaker stated that the “Build Back Better” plan laid out by President Biden enjoys “a broad and bipartisan level of public support throughout the country.”
Pelosi stated that the $3.5 trillion price tag for the larger infrastructure package, a legislative priority for the Biden administration, will remain the topline number for the bill.
The bill would include child care, home health care, and paid family and medical leave.
“The President has been clear: this is the number that will honor his vision to Build Back Better,” she said.
“This is the number that has been agreed to in the Senate and is now before us in the House. Accordingly, we will write a reconciliation bill with the Senate that is consistent with that topline,” she added.
Earlier this month, the Senate passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure with support from both sides of the aisle. This piece of legislation allocated money for more traditional infrastructure such as updates to electrical grids, water systems, public transit and airports.
Following the bill’s passage in the upper chamber, the Senate also passed the $3.5 trillion budget resolution, a move that paves that way for Democrats to pass their larger spending package without GOP support, bypassing the legislative filibuster. The resolution now awaits a decision in the House.
“Any delay to passing the budget resolution threatens the timetable for delivering the historic progress and the transformative vision that Democrats share,” Pelosi said….