Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) set a new deadline of Oct. 31st for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure to pass the House.

According to Pelosi’s letter, the House opted to extend the deadline because they needed more time to fulfill their goal of achieving a budget agreement and certainty that it would pass once debated on the floor. On Aug. 10th, the bipartisan bill cleared the Senate by a vote of 69 to 30.

In the letter on Saturday, Oct. 2nd, Pelosi noted that the House passed the extension of the bill on Friday night, Oct. 1st, despite persistent disagreements among Democratic legislators over the potential of modifying the budget, Daily Caller reported.

“Negotiations will continue now, with more time for decisions, legislative language, Senate parliamentarian review and public awareness,” she wrote.

Although the Surface Transportation Authorization Deadline is set for Oct. 31st, the Speaker stated that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) must be voted on and passed before that date in order to create jobs. She said House Democrats are “proud” of the strategy, which she claims resulted in millions of vaccines as well as a return to work and school.

“There is an Oct. 31st Surface Transportation Authorization deadline, after last night’s passage of a critical 30-day extension,” Pelosi wrote. “We must pass BIF [bipartisan infrastructure framework] well before then—the sooner the better, to get the jobs out there.”

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) set a new deadline of Oct. 31st for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure to pass the House.

According to Pelosi’s letter, the House opted to extend the deadline because they needed more time to fulfill their goal of achieving a budget agreement and certainty that it would pass once debated on the floor. On Aug. 10th, the bipartisan bill cleared the Senate by a vote of 69 to 30.

In the letter on Saturday, Oct. 2nd, Pelosi noted that the House passed the extension of the bill on Friday night, Oct. 1st, despite persistent disagreements among Democratic legislators over the potential of modifying the budget, Daily Caller reported.

“Negotiations will continue now, with more time for decisions, legislative language, Senate parliamentarian review and public awareness,” she wrote.

Although the Surface Transportation Authorization Deadline is set for Oct. 31st, the Speaker stated that the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF) must be voted on and passed before that date in order to create jobs. She said House Democrats are “proud” of the strategy, which she claims resulted in millions of vaccines as well as a return to work and school.

“There is an Oct. 31st Surface Transportation Authorization deadline, after last night’s passage of a critical 30-day extension,” Pelosi wrote. “We must pass BIF [bipartisan infrastructure framework] well before then—the sooner the better, to get the jobs out there.”

The decision to postpone the vote has enraged moderates who had hoped to pass the bipartisan package this week on its own.

Progressive and moderate Democrats in the House and Senate have become increasingly divided over the bill, with the middle arguing that the bipartisan bill should be sent to President Joe Biden first, while progressives have pushed for both the BIF and the Build Back Better bills to be passed simultaneously. 

According to the Hill, if the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation fails to pass, the Progressive wing has threatened to derail the infrastructure bill’s passage.

President Biden paid a visit to Democrats on Friday to defuse tensions, telling moderates that the vote would not take place that day. He did, however, appeal for the party’s liberal flank to be open to compromise.

Both bills are necessary for Biden’s domestic agenda to be realized.

This past week, House Democrats postponed a vote on infrastructure after many members of the House Progressive Caucus stated that they would not support the plan. Pelosi has recognized that without the support of the far-left, the package will collapse.

During a Sept. 2nd Chamber of Commerce conference, Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a key critic of the $3.5 reconciliation budget, recommended his colleagues to “hit the pause button” on the expansive measure due to the tremendous difficulties Congress is currently confronting. 

The centrist Democrat has stated that he will not support the bill’s price tag but has hinted that he might back a package with a price tag of $1-1.5 trillion.

In recent days, President Joe Biden has attempted to defuse tensions within his own party over the budget reconciliation bill by summoning Manchin and Democratic Arizona Senator Krysten Sinema to the White House to address their differences with the bill. 

Sinema had already stated that she would not support the bill and that she was unwilling to compromise.

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