Progressive groups target moderate Democrats over push to block budget resolution

Progressive groups target moderate Democrats over push to block budget resolution
© Greg Nash

Progressive groups on Monday launched a six-figure ad campaign criticizing nine moderate House Democrats over their effort to block the party's $3.5 trillion budget resolution in order to force a vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

The Working Families Party, Indivisible Project, Sunrise Movement and Organize For Justice, a sister organization of the Justice Democrats, paid for the digital and TV ads, which are running in the lawmakers’ home districts.

“These nine conservative Democrats are sabotaging Biden’s agenda because it would make billionaires and corporations pay their fair share,” the ads tell viewers.

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The group of Democrats consists of Reps. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerFive takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill Dems brace for score on massive Biden bill Democrats bullish they'll reach finish line this week MORE (D-N.J.), Carolyn Bourdeaux (Ga.), Jared Golden (Maine), Ed CaseEdward (Ed) CaseMORE (Hawaii), Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaProposed California maps put incumbents in jeopardy Democrats bullish they'll reach finish line this week Moderate Democrats press for score before vote on Biden package MORE (Calif.), Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderFive takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill House passes giant social policy and climate measure Democrats press toward vote on massive Biden bill MORE (Ore.), Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaDemocrats brace for flood of retirements after Virginia rout Showdown: Pelosi dares liberals to sink infrastructure bill Vicente Gonzalez to run in different Texas district after Abbott signs new map MORE (Texas), Henry Cuellar (Texas) and Vicente Gonzalez (Texas). 

In a Monday op-ed, the lawmakers doubled down on their stance that the House send the bipartisan infrastructure bill to President BidenJoe BidenCDC working to tighten testing requirement for international travelers On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan MORE’s desk before considering the budget resolution that would set the stage for Democrats’ larger reconciliation package. 

"You don’t hold up a major priority of the country, and millions of jobs, as some form of leverage. The infrastructure bill is not a political football," the group of House Democrats wrote in The Washington Post. 

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcCarthy raised 0K after marathon speech Davis passes on bid for governor in Illinois, running for reelection to House Feehery: Why Democrats are now historically unpopular MORE (D-Calif.), however, has insisted that the two bills must be passed together, and the White House has urged every House Democrat to vote for the budget resolution this week. 

The progressive groups’ new campaign is meant to counter recent ads from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and business-backed bipartisan group No Labels that praise the moderate lawmakers for their push to prioritize the infrastructure bill. 

Business groups support the infrastructure bill, but oppose the larger Democratic spending package that would be paid for with corporate tax hikes. Business lobbyists believe they can defeat or water down the reconciliation plan if the infrastructure bill has already been signed into law.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill invests primarily in roads, bridges, water and broadband, while the reconciliation package would spend far more on Democratic priorities such as climate and child care. 

"Americans have a right to know whether their representatives are putting corporate profits ahead of childcare and preschool, climate defense, and creating good-paying jobs," Natalia Salgado, director of federal affairs at the Working Families Party, said in a statement on Monday.

The House is expected to vote on the budget resolution early this week, setting up a showdown between Pelosi and the moderate Democrats.