A failed House infrastructure vote would be ‘a serious blow’ to the bipartisan bill but maybe not ‘fatal’
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Wednesday “pretty much ensured defeat of the bipartisan infrastructure deal known as BIF, if the House votes on it at all today,” Politico predicted Thursday morning. Progressive House Democrats have threatened to sink the legislation unless Manchin and his fellow centrists give a firm commitment that they will support the larger, more ambitious reconciliation package that completes President Biden’s domestic agenda. Manchin called the current reconciliation framework “the definition of fiscal insanity” and suggested starting from scratch.
“In their fight over trillions of dollars, their paramount policy goals, and perhaps their political fate, this isn’t helping,” The Associated Press reports: “Democratic progressives and centrists say they don’t trust each other.”
The vast majority of congressional Democrats want both bills to pass, but in an essentially evenly split Congress, they don’t have any votes to spare. Progressive Democrats have committed to “shooting the hostage,” Politico‘s