The reconciliation bill can still be killed
The black money group No Labels remains optimistic that it has been able to decouple the bipartisan infrastructure bill from the larger reconciliation package that includes the bulk of the Biden agenda, with the option to outright kill the biggest bill yet at stake, according to a memo sent by the group’s executive director to its donors.
“It is now clear that the reconciliation package will be decoupled in time from the infrastructure bill and will be less than $ 3.5 trillion (if passed), which in theory makes it more likely that Republicans will support it. the House for the Infrastructure Bill, “the email said. from Margaret White reads.
The message continues by applauding Arizona Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema for her relentless fight on their behalf.
In White’s email, she acknowledged that her group lacked the votes necessary to pass bipartisan legislation on Monday, as progressives vowed to oppose it until the reconciliation package was on the office of the government. President Joe Biden. “The biggest warning sign is on the left, where the leadership of the Progressive Caucus continues to oppose dissociation and claim they have the votes to kill the infrastructure bill, which leads them to suggest that President Pelosi should cancel the vote or risk embarrassment, ”White wrote. . “In the populist post-Brexit, post-Trump, free agent era we live in now, don’t assume that President Pelosi and President Biden can certainly deliver the votes on the left.”
“This only reinforces the fact that No Labels is not only No Values but now also No Clue,” said representative Mark Pocan, D-Wis.
Biden welcomed several groups of Democrats to the White House on Wednesday, meeting with an ideological range of his party colleagues. “The best way to help the American people is to pass the Presidential Build Back Better program, which includes the Build Back Better Act and the bipartisan infrastructure agreement,” said Pocan, who was present at the meeting. “The President accepted and reiterated his position that we must embrace both to move America forward. The debates we have are not about progressives versus moderates, but it is a fight between vested interests who do not want to pay their fair share and ensure that we build back better for the American people. White did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Representative Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, tweeted that she told the president at the meeting that a majority of her members – enough to sink the bill – would vote no if both parts of her agenda were not completed.
The full text of White’s email is below.
Sent: Wednesday September 22, 2021 12:03 pm
Topic: Update of the inventory
I wanted to share this note to provide both an update on the state of play of the critical infrastructure negotiations, but also as a call to action for our community to reach out to Senator Sinema’s office and the thanks for his heroic efforts to bring this bill to fruition. the finish line. Please see below:
Days until the vote on the promised infrastructure: 5
Vote count: well below the 218 public commitments
* The vote on infrastructure has been reaffirmed by the Democratic leadership for Monday (or perhaps Tuesday or later next week if the debate lasts long).
* President Pelosi and Chief Hoyer appear determined to whip the vote to pass the bill and have started the process, making a strong case for the substance and politics of the measure.
* The president is to meet in person at the White House today with members of the House to engage them. Josh Gottheimer should be among those.
* It is now clear that the reconciliation package will be decoupled in time from the infrastructure bill and will be less than $ 3.5 trillion (if passed), making it theoretically more likely that Republicans will support the House for the Infrastructure Bill.
The biggest warning sign is on the left, where the leadership of the Progressive Caucus continues to oppose dissociation and claim they have the votes to kill the infrastructure bill, leading them to suggest that President Pelosi should cancel the vote or risk embarrassment.
In the post-Brexit, post-Trump, free agent, populist populist era we live in now, don’t assume that President Pelosi and President Biden can definitely deliver the votes to the left.
To reach 218 votes, the president and president will need to keep a very high percentage of House progressives on board, while House Republicans will likely need to provide more “yes” votes than currently exist.
All of this remains tied to what the media continues to pay more attention to, which is the partisan deadlock on the debt ceiling and a possible government shutdown. The impact this will have on obtaining the majority vote for infrastructure remains a mystery
Message / actions of the day:
* Support Senator Sinema by calling her office to show her your encouragement: 202-224-4521.