House Progressives are striking a deal with democrats to vote on the infrastructure bill. If the Senate promises to pass the $2 trillion expansion bill, they will support the infrastructure bill on the condition that the House has to hold its votes on both bills the same day.
According to Yahoo! News, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) told Axios 30 members of the Progressive Caucus executive board were reassured by President Biden’s pledge that all 50 Democratic senators will pass the social spending bill.
“I trust the president. He was emphatic when we met with him that he’s not going to do anything to jeopardize, you know, his word, because then we won’t be able to get anything else done,” Pocan said.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), the caucus chair, said she has “dozens” of members on board with the agreement.
“We have backed off the position that we need to have a Senate vote based on my conversations with the president,” Jayapal told reporters Wednesday. “I would take his assurances that all 50 senators are on board and aren’t going to undermine the deal.”
She also said it doesn’t matter whether the social spending package is voted on before or after the infrastructure bill — as long as the House votes on both on the same day.