We knew she could do it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) knows her politics probably better than any other lawmaker. She was the youngest of seven children and the only girl, which gave her great training dealing with men in politics. Her father was a Democratic representative to Washington and a Baltimore mayor. Her mother was very active in politics, too. The speaker even attended John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address when he became president.
So it should not be any surprise that she pulled another magnificent move in the nation’s Capitol. When it looked as if the moderate to conservative Democrats and the Progressive Caucus were locking horns, she finessed a rule that lets Democrats start work on a bill that will change the middle and working classes lives — finally. This rule lets her party start work on the $3.5 trillion social promise by President Joe Biden to take back their money from the richest of the rich, CNN reported.
It also meant the House has to take up the bipartisan Senate $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill by September 27. The House voted 220-212 along party lines, CNBC reported.
House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-KY) noted that writing some sections of the text for the $3.5 trillion spending bill should be “relatively easy:”
‘But policy goals such as creating a new universal child care program will be much more challenging to craft because “you have nothing structurally to use to implement it. So those are going to be much more difficult to do.’
Pelosi said before the vote that the House must “work with the Senate:”
‘It remains for us to work together, work with the Senate, to write a bill that preserves the privilege of 51 votes in the Senate. So we must work together to do that in a way that passes the House and passes the Senate. And we must do so expeditiously.’
Congressional Progressive Caucus Leader Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) tweeted:
‘I’ve said it before: there’s nothing “moderate” about voting against top Dem priorities like childcare, paid leave, healthcare, immigration and climate action. The Dem base that elected these folks is overwhelmingly for the reconciliation bill.’
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) helped broker the deal with Gottheimer. He said:
‘Yes, we have differences. Yes, we have different perspectives. And we’re a big-tent party. And we represent different areas of the country. But we have been able to come together and pass things that we wanted to pass. That doesn’t mean everybody’s euphoric, but it does mean that everybody has confidence that we’re moving ahead on their priorities.’
‘But we have been able to come together and pass things that we wanted to pass. That doesn’t mean everybody’s euphoric, but it does mean that everybody has confidence that we’re moving ahead on their priorities.’
Not only that, the House will vote later Tuesday:
‘[T]he rule clears the way for the House to vote later Tuesday on legislation that would restore the portion of the 1965 Voting Rights Act that required localities with histories of voter suppression to get federal clearance before making changes to election laws.’
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