Democrats are working to force through their new spending bill that they claim is “bipartisan” despite the complete lack of GOP support. This comes after a group officials including lawmakers and local leaders gathered to discuss Biden’s infrastructure proposal.
The conference came after a meeting between President Biden and Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer (N.Y) and GOP Senator Mitch McConnell (Ky.).
Joining Pelosi at this press conference was Democrat Congressman Peter Defazio (Ore.) and Mayors Eric Garcetti from L.A., Levar Stoney from Richmond, Virginia and Quinton Lucas from Kansas City. None of these officials are conservatives, but that did not seem to matter.
Pelosi pushed the idea that the bill would “certainly” get to the House floor before the 4th of July recces. Though her promises were not due to any bipartisan agreement because it is the majority party and in particular herself, as Speaker of the House, that decides which bills make it to the floor.
Process aside, Pelosi might be celebrating too soon with both McConnell and Garcetti telling journalists that there is much more to be discussed, including agreeing on the definition of the term “infrastructure.”
Author: Steven Sinclaire