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Nine House Democrats to Block $3.5 Trillion Bill Unless Infrastructure Passes First

A group of nine centrist Democrats told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi the infrastructure bill must pass first.
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9 House Centrists Stand Up to Speaker Pelosi

Unexpected But Welcome Twist

Pelosi, AOC, and a group of dozens of progressives insist they will not vote on the Senate infrastructure bill until there was resolution on Biden's $3.5 trillion Jobs act. 

A centrist block in the House has other ideas.

In a Letter to Nancy Pelosi nine Democrats turned the tables on the Speaker.

 Dear Speaker Pelosi:

Earlier this week, the Senate passed an historic bipartisan infrastructure package, with a supermajority of sixty-nine votes. President Biden swiftly applauded its passage, stating that he hopes Congress will send it to his desk as soon as possible. The House of Representatives should heed his call and immediately pass the legislation. We urge our House colleagues to follow the same path as the Senate: vote first on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and then consider the budget resolution.  ......

Some have suggested that we hold off on considering the Senate infrastructure bill for months – until the reconciliation process is completed. We disagree. With the livelihoods of hardworking American families at stake, we simply can’t afford months of unnecessary delays and risk squandering this once-in-a-century, bipartisan infrastructure package. It’s time to get shovels in the ground and people to work. We will not consider voting for a budget resolution until the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passes the House and is signed into law

Who are the Nine?

Reps. Josh Gottheimer (NJ), Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA), Jim Costa (CA), Jared Golden (ME), Ed Case (HI), Kurt Schrader (OR), Filemon Vela (TX), Henry Cuellar (TX) and Vicente Gonzalez (TX).

Competing Forces

The Congressional Progressive Caucus said a majority of its 96 members would withhold their support for the infrastructure bill until the Senate has passed the larger $3.5 trillion bill.

In addition, AOC threatened to kill the whole thing over climate.

For details, please see AOC Goes After Senator Krysten Sinema With a "No Climate, No Deal" Threat

Only 3 Votes to Spare

Nancy Pelosi only has 3 House votes to spare.  This move by the centrists settles the issue, if at least 4 of them hold firm. 

Pelosi kowtowed to the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The caucus said a majority of its 96 members would withhold their support for the infrastructure bill until the Senate has passed the larger budget package.

Senate Holdouts 

Meanwhile, in the Senate, centrists Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Krysten Sinema of Arizona expressed reservations about spending $3.5 trillion.

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This move by the House 9 aids the cause of sanity. 

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Details are still sketchy on the broader package precisely because of the two Senate holdouts. 

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New Green Deal

In addition to massive tax hikes, the single worst provision in the $3.5 Trillion bill is a commitment sponsored by AOC to have 80% clean energy by 2030.

We have not seen precise wording of that demand because of Manchin, Sinema and perhaps others whose names we do not have yet.

We do know the proposal involves an energy tax on imports for countries that do not also immediately move to clean energy.

The Stagflation Threat is Very Real but Congress Holds the Key

A provision requiring 80% clean energy by 2030 would kill economic growth and drive up costs of everything across the board on consumers and businesses alike. 

I previously commented The Stagflation Threat is Very Real but Congress Holds the Key

Today's turn of events in the House lessens but does not remove the likelihood of Green New Deal economic stupidity, 

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