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Progressives Aim to Hold Biden, Pelosi to Promise on Bigger Bill

  • Jayapal says infrastructure bill tied to spending package
  • Pelosi says House won’t act until reconciliation bill’s ready
Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Photographer: Alex Edelman/Bloomberg

Progressive Democrats threatened to withhold support for a bipartisan infrastructure bill to hold President Joe Biden and party leaders to their promise to move a more expansive spending bill through Congress at the same time.

“None of this matters unless we get the 50 votes we need for our reconciliation bill,” Representative Pramila Jayapal, the leader of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said Thursday after Biden announced his support for a $579 billion plan for infrastructure spending drafted by a bipartisan group of 10 Senators.