Progressives block infrastructure vote again, but endorse Biden reconciliation framework in massive compromise
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The Congressional Progressive Caucus got the best of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and President Biden yet again Thursday after the pair pushed for a vote on the infrastructure bill before Biden's climate summit in the U.K. next week.
The caucus forced the House to put off a vote on the bill, after doing exactly the same thing last month.
The group and Chairwoman Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., are demanding more progress on the passage of Democrats' reconciliation spending plan before they will let the bipartisan infrastructure bill pass. They say they don't trust that Senate moderates really support it.
"The reality is that while talks around the infrastructure bill lasted months in the Senate, there has only been serious discussion around the specifics of the larger Build Back Better Act in recent weeks, thanks to the Progressive Caucus holding the line and putting both parts of the agenda back on the table," Jayapal said in a Thursday statement.