She keeps babbling that they’re closer to ever to having the votes to pass the bill.
They’re so close to a compromise that the Democrats had to play into the “Democrats in Civil War” headlines by pulling a must-pass bill, and not making any announcement as to when a vote will be had.
I figured they’d mutually agree to re-schedule the vote for next week. But nope.
And note that a lot of the moderates have said that they wanted the vote to happen by this past Monday, or they wouldn’t vote for it at all.
Facing an embarrassing defeat at the hands of progressives in her party, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was forced to cancel a vote on a Senate-passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Thursday. Democratic leadership failed to garner the support needed for passage after the party’s far-left flank vowed to block the measure until there is movement on a sweeping $3.5 trillion social spending bill.
The feud threatens two of President Biden’s top legislative priorities and has so far confounded party leaders, senior congressional staffers, and White House aides who have sought a solution.
Pelosi had insisted all week that the infrastructure legislation would come up for a vote Thursday. She had initially promised moderate members of her conference who supported that measure that it would be voted on by Sept. 27, but allowed the deadline to slide as she sought to placate progressives who wanted to vote on the larger bill first.
The speaker was confident earlier Thursday that the $1.2 trillion bill would pass on her schedule, despite minimal whipping efforts from House Democratic leaders.
“I do not plan on not doing anything,” she told reporters when asked if she would delay the vote. “I plan on moving forward in a positive direction. I’m only envisioning taking it up and winning.”
Hours later, the speaker sought to put a positive spin on what she called a “productive and crucial day”.
“Discussions continue with the House, Senate and White House to reach a bicameral framework agreement to Build Back Better through a [$3.5 trillion] reconciliation bill,” Pelosi wrote in a so-called “Dear Colleague” letter.
…White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that the two sides were “closer to an agreement than ever. But we are not there yet, and so, we will need some additional time to finish the work, starting tomorrow morning first thing.”
That was, get this, another lie from the Norms-Restoring, Honesty-Prizing Biden White House.
Jazz Shaw at Hot Air has an amusing and accurate take on this: Pelosi finds new, creative ways to pretend the infrastructure bill is almost ready to pass.
Despite all the happy-talk, and the repeated insistence that “conversations were happening,” Jazz Shaw points out that those “conversations” consisted of people hardening their positions, not softening them and seeking compromise.
That all sounds great until you stop and listen to what each of the factions was actually saying. During an interview with Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal yesterday afternoon, she was asked about the reconciliation bill and how far down she would be willing to come to move it forward so her caucus could vote for the infrastructure bill. It was an obvious reference to Joe Manchin’s recently revealed memo saying he was looking to trim it down to $1.5 trillion. Her response was to ask what Manchin was “willing to give up” to bring the price tag down. She went on to list a number of progressive spending priorities that were clearly not going to be on the table for removal.But Manchin isn’t budging either. And the House Progressive Caucus didn’t cough up a single person on camera willing to say that there was a compromise number in the works, nor did they suggest that they were ready to go along with the infrastructure package without getting what they want for the reconciliation bill.
Meanwhile, the usual Republicans joined the Democrats to pass the continuing resolution to keep the government operating in the absence of a budget.
They also still have to vote to raise the debt ceiling by October 18th.
Charles Schumer really wants to have Republican cover on the vote to raise the debt ceiling. Democrats refused to vote for that when Republicans were in control of Congress, and now McConnell is returning the favor.
By the way: Given that we all know it will be raised and that the Uniparty wants it to be raised, does it really matter who formally votes for it?
This is the kind of shit McConnell busies himself over instead of getting actual conservative priorities passed.
Remember when he allowed the Democrats to pass Obamacare, despite not having enough Democrats present to end the filibuster, in exchange for an agreement to force the Democrats to vote for the debt increase near prime-time?
Does anyone remember the epochal political rewards we reaped for that McConnell manuever?
Gee, just look how important infrastructure is to Democrats. They will hold the bill that actually has infrastructure in it (but only about 50%) hostage unless they get a $3.5 trillion bill of socialist promotion. $3.5 trillion (actually turns out to be more like $5 trillion) which they plan to get without a single Republican vote in the House or Senate.
Infrastructure is critical, we are told. But there’s no hurry, idiot Biden tells us. Just like the COVID aid bills (more trillions and trillions, of which only 10% was actually aid to people) were held hostage by Nasty Nancy until she got all the pork she wanted. Over and over again, these bills are not passed to benefit the people paying for them; they are passed to benefit those PASSING them. And you can almost hear the salivating at the thought of four or five trillion dollars just DUMPED in a pile and whatever gets to the point where it is intended, well… it’s simply a miracle. Even most of the COVID aid hasn’t even been used for its intended purpose yet, with some of it being diverted to propping up the law enforcement Democrats stripped of funds in the name of “social justice” (and where did THAT money go?).
Currently, Democrats are clawing at each other in a greedy frenzy, desperate to get that money flowing so the income redistribution (from the taxpayer to the politician) can finally begin. Just another vivid example of why Democrats need to be kept out of the corridors of power; they are absolutely corrupt.
the bar fly, drunk knew it would fail just as the bogus impeachment of Trump. alcohol rots the brain and drunk nancy is a prime medial example of this disease. the medical name for this is Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome. Ever wonder how many alcoholics there are in the current congress?? bet about 65%+/- 5%.
If these magicians can spend 3.5 trillion dollars and it doesn’t cost anything, why not spend 25 trillion and pay off the national debt?
Curt, a lot of folks are ignorant of the legislative process but there was never an exact time to pass this bill that was representative of a win or defeat. It’s the intentions of the likes of the repeatedly discredited New York Post and the propaganda Hotair to insure their readers remain ignorant.
As for the $3.5 trillion bill, it’s unlikely that it will pass as presented and will likely get watered down to the point of irrelevance. This is due to Manchin making over $500,000 a year from his coal investments and Senema literally being bought out by the big donors right before our eyes. This doesn’t sit well with many Dems who even want a more expanded bill and that’s where the fight is.
And regardless of what the unhinged and propaganda masters tell you, there still is a fight.
Why are you pointing fingers at Manchin? Would you like to talk about Dianne Feinstein’s Chinese connections? The only person deeper into China is Talibiden and Eric Swalwell, who was promoted by (drum roll, please) guess who?
“Why are you pointing fingers at Manchin?”
Because, uh, well, maybe because Manchin is THE key obstacle of moving these bills forward. He just happens to be the entire factor and decision maker in the success or defeat of the very issue pertaining to this thread.
“Would you like to talk about Dianne Feinstein’s Chinese connections?”
Well, if I would like to talk about that subject, maybe I would go to where that discussion is relevant rather than allowing an obviously politically ignorant hack like you dictate the discussion with such elementary distractions.
It just so happens that Manchin isn’t a socialist. The discussion of Feinstein’s (and others) CCP connections is pretty relevant where the Democrats are doing the CCP’s bidding.
How has the New York Post been discredited? Actually, those who denounced their Hunter laptop coverage are who have been discredited and proven to be liars.
Manchin is in potential trouble in WVA. He knows his re election is solely dependent on what he does with respect to spending. He is not the only one. Sinema is AZ could also face electoral difficulties in this same vein.
Tester in Montana is potentially in the same boat as well. There are whispers there are more than just these three at present.
For now dumbass McConnell has given some in the democrat party some lifelines. Mitch needs to go. He is not MAGA and like Xiden, is owned by the CCP.
Is everyone enjoying the First Church of the Federal Government?
It says you’ve had it too good and sinned too much. If you don’t comply you will be destroyed by fire and brimstone (climate change). There are sacraments (shots, medical care), indulgences (subsidies for anything labeled “green”) and punishments: jail for “racism”, loss of career for speaking too freely or refusing vaccination, onerous taxes, doing away with single family zoning, more regulation, less freedom, plus the infusion of diseased people throughout the country. Next, they will tax every mile you drive because you enjoy driving. You enjoy owning your own home and land, driving where and when you want, which will all be forbidden in the FCFG.
You will own nothing and the government will be happy.
The Democrats control the House, the Senate and Presidency. If they had passed a budget as ordered by the Constitution, they wouldn’t have to deal with raising the debt limit. The debt limit only comes into play when there is no budget. It’s the Democrats’ fault it has to be dealt with in this way.
Democrats hate budgets. Whenever they have the power to block them, they block them. Budgets are accountability. Budgets are constraint. They prefer to spend wildly then, when they have gotten themselves voted out of office, blame the resultant exploding debt on the Republicans in office at the time.
During Trump’s single term, the federal debt increased faster than under any other president in US history. The debt increased by 36 percent in only 4 years. Under Trump, the dollar-amount of the debt increased almost as much in 4 years as it had during Obama’s eight.
Remember COVID? Remember shut downs? Remember trillion dollar aid packages? Remember Democrats loading those packages with massive amounts of pork or they wouldn’t vote for them?
Democrats blew the debt up. They always do. And they always get rich doing it. Go figure.