House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she may not bring a bipartisan infrastructure to a vote on the House floor if it does not have enough support to pass.
Pelosi, D-Calif., asserted that the House will pass the $1 trillion infrastructure bill this week but said suggested the vote may not take place on Monday as she had previously committed to following demands from moderates.
“I’m never bringing to the floor a bill that doesn’t have the votes,” Pelosi told ABC News’ This Week.
“You cannot choose the date,” she added. “You have to go when you have the votes in a reasonable time, and we will.”
Part of the concern over the vote is a warning from House progressives that they will not take up a vote on the bipartisan bill unless a larger $3.5 trillion human infrastructure bill from the White House is prepared for a vote.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., told CNN’s State of the Union she also does not believe there will be a vote on Monday.
“The speaker is an incredibly good vote counter, and she knows exactly where her caucus stands, and we’ve been really clear on that,” Jayapal said.
“This is a pre-conference bill, which means everybody, everybody in the Senate, everybody in the House, has to agree to it,” she said.
Jayapal added that “urgency is important” in regard to passing President Joe Biden’s $3.5 trillion spending package.
“We want to have it happen as soon as possible,” she said. “We need the Senate to engage with us if that’s going to happen.”
Also appearing on CNN, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., provided an alternative perspective, saying he supports the $3.5 trillion spending package but noting that it and the infrastructure plan are “two separate bills.”
“You’ve got the infrastructure, a historic once-in-a-century [bill] … There’s no reason why we shouldn’t pass that right away and get those shovels in the ground,” said Gottheimer.
Pelosi on Sunday also said the House must manage a looming government shutdown on Oct. 1 after the chamber on Tuesday approved a bill to keep the federal government running through Dec. 3 and suspend the debt ceiling past the 2022 midterms.
Senate Republicans are expected to block a procedural vote on the measure Monday but Pelosi said she hopes it can ultimately be passed with bipartisan support.
“This is beyond a big deal,” she said. “So let’s hope some of the Republicans — enough of them — find some level of responsibility to our country to honor what’s in the Constitution, that we not question the full faith and credit of the United States of America.”
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