Gottheimer: 'No reason' why Democrats shouldn't pass infrastructure bill right away

Gottheimer: 'No reason' why Democrats shouldn't pass infrastructure bill right away
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Rep. 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.) said Sunday that there is "no reason why" Democrats shouldn't pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill right away.

During an interview with Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperJon Stewart: It's a 'mistake' to focus all on Trump Buttigieg says delay in climate action will cost lives amid reports of Manchin roadblock Buttigieg says supply chain troubles could last into next year MORE on CNN's "State of the Union," Gottenheimer said he supports the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package but pointed out that it is a separate bill from infrastructure.

"These are two separate bills," he said. "You've got the infrastructure, a historic once-in-a-century [bill]... There's no reason why we shouldn't pass that right away and get those shovels in the ground."

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Gottheimer added that lawmakers should "keep working" on the reconciliation package, which he says he is committed to passing. 

While Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response GOP rep leaves committee assignments after indictment Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending MORE (D-Calif) said the package would pass this week, progressive Democrats vowed to oppose the infrastructure bill unless the House first votes on a $3.5 trillion social spending package serving as the second component of Biden's Build Back Better plan. 

Pelosi said she expected the bring both the infrastructure bill and the spending package up for a vote in the House this week.