Senate Republicans handed Joe Biden a massive win, but he wanted more.
Rather than pushing for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan deal to be passed, Joe Biden and House Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) decided to double down.
The delay has caused bipartisan support for the bill to fade, and now moderates who needed the win are starting to let Pelosi have it.
Take the Win
Getting a bipartisan win in Congress these days is like hitting the jackpot at the casino.
You get the win, you lock up a profit, and either go home or dabble just for fun.
When 19 Senate Republicans approved the bipartisan infrastructure deal, it was like Joe hit a Royal on a max bet poker machine on his first draw.
Joe and Nancy didn’t take the profit… hell, they didn’t even pull their original $100 out of the machine.
Instead, they continued to play, and now they have less than $100 and are running out of money.
With support across the aisle no longer present because of the reconciliation bill, Pelosi needs everyone on the Democrat side to support the bill, and she no longer has that.
This had led to a bit of an uprising among moderate Democrats who needed a win just as bad as Joe Biden.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) stated, “While I have great respect for the Speaker, I believe her decision to again delay a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill is wrong.”
Murphy has also accused her fellow House Dems of using the larger bill to have leverage over those that do not support reconciliation, and she is not alone.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) stated that Pelosi had “breached her firm, public commitment to Members of Congress and the American people to hold a vote and to pass the once-in-a-century bipartisan infrastructure bill.”
He continued, “We cannot let this small faction on the far left … destroy the President’s agenda and stop the creation of two million jobs a year — including for the millions of hard-working men and women of labor.
“We were elected to achieve reasonable, commonsense solutions for the American people — not to obstruct from the far wings.
“This far-left faction is willing to put the President’s entire agenda, including this historic bipartisan infrastructure package, at risk. They’ve put civility and bipartisan governing at risk.
“I will not stop fighting for the people I represent, and I will not stop fighting to get the historic, bipartisan infrastructure bill across the finish line — to support the communities, families, and workers of New Jersey.”
There is one problem with Gottheimer’s statement.
He is giving Joe Biden a pass, but it was Biden that encouraged Pelosi to pull the bill so they could tie the two pieces of legislation together.
Gottheimer and Murphy are members of the Blue Dog Coalition, which consists of 19 moderate Democrats in the House.
Pelosi has only three votes to spare in the House, so perhaps she should be paying more attention to the Blue Dogs than the Squad.
Source: New York Post