Pelosi Vows House Won’t Vote On Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Until Senate Passes Reconciliation Bill
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said that the House of Representatives would not vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill unless the Senate also passes a more comprehensive infrastructure package by going through the budget reconciliation to prevent a Republican filibuster.
“Let me be really clear on this: we will not take up a bill in the House until the Senate passes the bipartisan bill and a reconciliation bill. If there is no bipartisan bill, then we’ll just go when the Senate passes a reconciliation bill,” Pelosi said during a press conference in the Capitol Thursday.
“I’m very optimistic that it will happen. And I don’t want to say allay the fears — I don’t think they’re fears, they’re just advocating. And God bless them for doing that. But we’re not going down the path unless we all go down the path together,” Pelosi added.
The bill’s fate is now in the hands of the two Democratic moderates in the upper House, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) and Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-Arizona), who have been supportive of a less-expensive reconciliation bill.
“There’s going to be a reconciliation bill,” Manchin said. “We just don’t know what size it’s going to be.”