Reuters file photo: US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is holding her weekly news conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, September 2021. Reuters / Jonathan Ernst / File photo
By Humaira Pamuk
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi expressed confidence Sunday that a 1 trillion infrastructure bill would be passed this week but said she would not bring it to the floor on Monday as previously promised.
In an interview with ABC’s George Stefanopoulos this week, Pelosi added that the final cost of President Joe Biden’s $ 3.5 billion reconciliation bill, which includes social costs, could be small.
“Let me just say we’re going to pass the bill this week,” Pelosi said, referring to the smallest of two steps that have helped finance roads, bridges, airports, schools and other construction projects. The Senate passed the bill on August 10 in bilateral support.
But he hinted that the bill could not be brought to the floor on Monday, which he told reporters on Friday. “I never bring the bill to a floor where there are no votes,” he said, but he added that it could also be Monday.
Democrats have so far failed to reach a consensus on the timing of the bills, which is key to the success of Biden’s economic program. Moderate Democrats are at odds with more progressive members of their caucus over the price tag of big bills.
A large group of progressive lawmakers insisted that the $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill would be postponed until the $ 3.5 trillion bill is ready. The moderates want to pass a $ 1 trillion bill, no matter how big the progress.
The larger bill includes provisions to expand health care for children and the elderly and to invest in measures to drastically reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions responsible for climate change.
Asked if the final number of this package could be small, Pelosi said: “It seems to be self-motivated.”
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