Progressives hit back after moderates take aim at Pelosi

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGreene: McCarthy 'doesn't have the full support to be Speaker' Omar calls out Boebert over anti-Muslim remarks, denies Capitol incident took place Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (D-N.Y.) and other House Democrats on Saturday responded to their moderate colleagues who took aim at Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Bipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise The GOP's post-1/6 playbook is clear — and it's dangerous MORE (D-Calif.) for not bringing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package to the floor for a vote this week.   

“The Speaker didn’t break any promises,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Saturday after Rep. 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.) accused Pelosi of breaking a promise to House moderates.

“The arbitrary date 9 people insisted on was in the Aug rule vote to proceed on a $3.5T bill. That bound $3.5T w/ Sept date. Challenging $3.5 also challenged their date. That’s ok! Right > rushed. We can still Build Back Better… together!” Ocasio-Cortez added. 

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Gottheimer went after Pelosi late Friday for delaying the vote on the bipartisan bill amid threats from House progressives to withhold support until the larger “human infrastructure” proposal was passed. 

The New Jersey Democrat, who led nine moderates in ensuring that Pelosi would hold a stand-alone vote for the proposal by the end of September, said Pelosi breached a “firm, public commitment” to lawmakers to vote on the deal. 

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Rep. Stephanie MurphyStephanie MurphyFive takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill Overnight Energy & Environment — House passes giant climate, social policy bill House passes giant social policy and climate measure MORE (D-Fla.), a co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition, also said that she was “profoundly disappointed and disillusioned” that the vote was delayed.

Rep. Mondaire JonesMondaire JonesMcCarthy delays swift passage of spending plan with record-breaking floor speech House Democrats brush off Manchin Buffalo race becomes early test for a divided Democratic Party MORE (D-N.Y.) took aim at Gottheimer, tweeting “What an odd way of saying ‘I’m embarrassed by my failed attempt to force an arbitrary deadline in direct defiance of the Speaker’s originally stated plan. I will stop taking the American people hostage moving forward.’ ”

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President BidenJoe BidenSouth Africa health minister calls travel bans over new COVID variant 'unjustified' Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Senior US diplomat visiting Southeast Asia to 'reaffirm' relations MORE visited House Democrats on Friday, during which he made it clear that the reconciliation bill and infrastructure bill were linked, sealing the win for progressives who wanted the two measures passed together. 

After the meeting, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) tweeted “this afternoon @POTUS stood with @SpeakerPelosi and 95% of the @HouseDemocrats and said the opposite: that his historic vision for America first requires a Build Back Better reconciliation deal. That’s the way a bipartisan infrastructure bill will win the votes to become law.”