Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters that half of her caucus is still committed to vote against the bipartisan infrastructure bill, if both houses don’t pass the larger spending bill.
“We have clearly said and reiterated this again to the Speaker, and we are in the same place, that we will not be able to vote for the infrastructure bill until the reconciliation bill has been passed. So, we are in the same place. “Jayapal told reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill.
“We have made it clear that we are ready to vote on both bills and deliver the entirety of the president’s agenda,” he said.
Jayapal noted that House members are willing to “stay here all weekend” to see if an agreement can be reached, if a consensus cannot be reached today.
“If we can’t, then, you know, we’ll have to keep working on it until we do,” he said.
Representative Ilhan Omar, another key progressive, also weighed in, responding to comments from moderate Sen. Joe Manchin about the need for more Democrats to be elected to pass the proposed $ 3.5 trillion spending package. Manchin said that his the top line is $ 1.5 trillion.
“I think the other piece that, you know, I know that the president has repeated and keeps losing, is that this is not a progressive agenda. We are fighting for the agenda to rebuild better, which is the president’s agenda, so if the The senator believes that electing more Democrats is the way to do it, so that’s something he should tell the president because that’s the president’s agenda, “said Omar.