The fallout continues for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and her delay tactics on the bipartisan infrastructure deal.
The pushback is not only coming from Senate Republicans that supported the bill.
Now, moderates in the House are going ballistic, openly railing against Pelosi.
Gottheimer Speaks Out
Pelosi has completely dismissed the much-needed win for moderate Democrats in the House by delaying this bill.
Rep. John Gottheimer (D-N.J.) is one of those Democrats that needed a win badly, but the delay tactics by Pelosi have and will continue to hurt him.
If he cannot deliver this bill, he is very much in danger of being unseated in 2022.
With the bill now delayed through the end of October, he could no longer stay silent.
Gottheimer stated, “It’s deeply regrettable that Speaker Pelosi 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 on or before September 27.”
He also pointed to a press release that Pelosi had sent out that read, “I am committing to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by September 27. I do so with a commitment to rally House Democratic support for its passage.”
The problem is that Pelosi and Joe Biden have completely caved to a very small minority in the House simply because they have big profiles.
Gottheimer, on this, stated, “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.
“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.”
If Pelosi fails to deliver this bill by the end of October, the fallout will be significant.
Of course, everything now hinges on the two Senate Democrats holding on infrastructure.
If Senators Manchin (D-W.V.) and Sinema (D-AZ) cave, even for a smaller number, both bills are more than likely going to pass in the House unless the moderates vote “No” out of spite, but I doubt that will happen.