Following Senate Passage, Infrastructure Bill Now in Pelosi’s Hands

Following Senate Passage, Infrastructure Bill Now in Pelosi's Hands

( – On Tuesday, August 10, the US Senate finally passed an infrastructure bill after weeks of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans. The roughly $1 trillion legislation received broad bipartisan support, with 19 Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), joining a unanimous slate of Democrats. Now, the bill moves to the House of Representatives, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will present it.

Pelosi quickly issued a press release praising President Joe Biden’s leadership and determination in seizing this “once-in-a-century” opportunity to “Build Back Better.” It’s a play on Biden’s promise to improve American life post-pandemic and not return to tired old patterns from before COVID-19 ravaged the country.

The Speaker also promised to work with the Senate to ensure the final package includes “our priorities” (meaning Democratic goals). However, later that same day, she railed against the Senate bill during a press conference on an unrelated matter. While she conceded she was glad the measure passed, she emphatically stated it didn’t represent “the totality” of Biden’s “vision” or that of Congressional Democrats.

Anxious to get the ball rolling, Pelosi had one of her lieutenants recall the House into session early from its August recess in an apparent effort to pass the House version of the bill quickly.

With the divide between Progressives’ lofty goals and the more Moderate approach of mainstream Democrats, it remains to be seen whether Pelosi can bring the factions together to make this happen or not.

If it should pass this year, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have already indicated they have reservations about the bill’s final passage encompassing all the anticipated House Democrats’ demands.

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