Nancy Pelosi Planning to Hold Reconciliation Vote Despite Challenges

Nancy Pelosi Planning to Hold Reconciliation Vote Despite Challenges

( – Democratic lawmakers can’t seem to get it together when it comes to deciding what they want to do with their ill-fated reconciliation bill. Party progressives continue throwing various wrenches into the ruling moderates’ plans. Nevertheless, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) plans to hold a vote on the measure despite the many associated challenges.

On Tuesday, November 9, Pelosi claimed the House would pass the nearly two-trillion-dollar social infrastructure bill the week of November 15. Reporters asked her about the measure during a press conference she attended with other lawmakers at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Speaker responded, saying Democratic House members intended to honor their promise to quickly pass the reconciliation bill after sending a bipartisan infrastructure bill to President Joe Biden’s desk last week.

However, five Moderate Democrats already stated they wouldn’t vote to pass the measure until the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms Biden isn’t cooking the numbers on the overall cost of the reconciliation bill. So far, the CBO hasn’t indicated how long it might take to complete its cost analysis.

Whatever may happen in the House, Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) could side with Republicans and tank the bill in the upper chamber. Nevertheless, the operative question remains the same — will House Democrats actually vote on the measure next week as promised, or will they put it off again?

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