According to an article on Reuters, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi iterated to lawmakers Sunday that she asked a House committee to move forward with both a $3.5 trillion budget resolution package and a $1 trillion infrastructure plan. Reuters called this move an “apparent effort to patch up divisions that had threatened to stall President Joe Biden’s legislative priorities.”
Last week, the U.S. Senate approved both pieces of legislation, however the costs caused some concern within the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic party, which Reuters added was in control of both chambers of Congress.
“Nine moderate Democrats said last week that they would not support the $3.5 trillion budget resolution until the infrastructure bill, which cleared the Senate with bipartisan support, becomes law,” the article read. “Progressive lawmakers had said the spending plan must go first, though it likely will not be complete until fall. Either faction could stall both packages.”
In a litter to House Democrats, Pelosi floated the idea of tying both together, specifically mentioning that the “Rules Committee explore the possibility of a rule that advances both the budget resolution and the bipartisan infrastructure package.”
Once summer break ends on Aug. 23, the House is slated to take up the budget resolution. Pelosi further conveyed that her approach would “put us on a path to advance the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation bill.”