House moderates call for immediate vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill

House moderates call for immediate vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill
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Moderate House Democrats are calling for the House to immediately vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Eight moderates, including members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, sent a letter to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Judge to hear Trump's case against Jan. 6 committee in November MORE (D-Calif.) on Tuesday, asking her to consider the bill separately from Democrats' $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that is expected later this year.

"We must bring this bipartisan infrastructure bill to the House floor for a standalone vote. This once-in-a-century investment deserves its own consideration, without regard to other legislation,” reads the letter, which was obtained by The Hill.

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“After years of waiting, we cannot afford unnecessary delays to finally deliver on a physical infrastructure package,” they continued. “As we continue to recover from the pandemic, the American people are counting on us to drive real results for them in every single Congressional district."

The letter was signed by Problem Solvers Caucus Co-Chairman Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerModerates split over climate plans in Democrats' spending package Bleak midterm outlook shadows bitter Democratic battle Democrats downplay deadlines on Biden's broad spending plan MORE (D-N.J.) and Democratic Reps. Susie LeeSuzanne (Susie) Kelley LeeMORE (Nev.), Filemon VelaFilemon Bartolome VelaTwo House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms Two senior House Democrats to retire Democratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse MORE (Texas), Henry Cuellar (Texas), Vicente Gonzalez (Texas), Ed CaseEdward (Ed) CaseMORE (Hawaii), Kurt SchraderWalter (Kurt) Kurt SchraderHouse passes bills to secure telecommunications infrastructure Democrats weigh changes to drug pricing measure to win over moderates Internal battles heat up over Biden agenda MORE (Ore.) and Jared Golden (Maine).

Separately, leaders of the House Blue Dog Coalition urged Pelosi to take up an immediate vote on the bipartisan Senate bill, saying they “remain opposed to any effort to unnecessarily delay consideration of these critical infrastructure investments, which will create good-paying jobs, keep American businesses competitive, and grow our nation’s economy.”

The Senate voted 69-30 to pass the infrastructure proposal on Tuesday, which was spearheaded by a group of bipartisan senators led by Sens. Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaSunday shows preview: CDC signs off on 'mix and match' vaccine boosters Buttigieg aims to use Tucker Carlson flap to spotlight paternity leave Biden injects new momentum into filibuster fight MORE (D-Ariz.) and Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Biden backtracks on Taiwan Top GOP senators want joint review of Afghan visa process Timken rolls out six-figure ad campaign, hits Fauci MORE (R-Ohio). The deal includes investments for infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, broadband, water and rail. 

The upper chamber is now working on the $3.5 trillion Democratic-only spending plan, which Democrats are pushing to advance without any GOP support.

Pelosi has repeatedly said the House will consider the infrastructure bill with the broader reconciliation package, which includes a host of Democratic spending priorities including Medicare expansion, provisions dealing with climate change and other measures.

“Reconciliation will be a fuller reflection of our values,” Pelosi said at an event Tuesday.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerPelosi: Democrats within striking distance of deal Powerful Democrats push back on one-year extension of child tax credit The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Democrats optimistic after Biden meetings MORE (D-Md.) announced Tuesday that the lower chamber will return to session on Aug. 23 to consider a budget resolution to kick off the spending plan, cutting short the previously scheduled seven-week recess.