The House has been given a new sense of urgency after a tough election night and is moving quickly to get the infrastructure through.
Pelosi is tired of waiting for the Senate
According to the Punchbowl News AM newsletter:
But in recent weeks, Pelosi has been reminded that the Senate is not only the “largest deliberative body in the world,” but the slowest, most torturous and illogical body in the world. Pelosi has decided in recent days that she can no longer wait for the Senate, and the only way to put pressure on Senators from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is to present them with a bill on which they must make a decision.
And far from deterring the House’s aggressive legislative push, Tuesday’s meager elections in Virginia and across the country seemed to give the House majority fresh impetus to do so quickly.
The pressure is now on the Senate Democrats to get it done
By the weekend at the latest, the house will have passed both infrastructure bills. All the pressure will be on the hesitant Senate to get this done. The interminable negotiations out of contact with reality must end. Joe Manchin must decide whether or not to kill Biden’s entire agenda. Everything Manchin has said suggests he won’t, but he may need the pressure of a forced decision to get him to move.
Rapporteur Pelosi has had enough. Majority leader Schumer needs this in order to move on to voting rights. Without the strain of infrastructure, voting rights could have been the Senate’s goal for the past two months.
Pelosi is putting a strain on the Senate Democrats, as it is time to deliver Biden’s agenda to the American people.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His undergraduate work has focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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