Strap in, folks. We’re in for a bumpy ride.
The House is scheduled to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill today amid protests from progressive Democrats who are furious over the de-coupling of the legislation from the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. The progressives have sworn to shoot down BIF if it gets put to a vote today without reconciliation–and an agreement with moderates over reconciliation doesn’t seem to be close at hand.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters yesterday evening that the “plan” is still to hold the vote today, but she’s taking it “one hour at a time” after House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said he wasn’t sure if BIF had the votes needed to pass yet.
The good news is at least Congress is on track to pass a government funding bill today and avoid the shutdown that would’ve begun at midnight tonight.
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