Nine moderate House Democrats are threatening a deadlock over the $3.5 trillion budget and bipartisan infrastructure bill, a new report says.
Signaling a major party rift, the moderate Dems say they won’t back their party’s ambitious budget spending plan until the $1 trillion infrastructure bill passes, the New York Times said.
They plan to tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter due to be released later on Friday.
Left-wing “progressives” have taken the opposite position, saying they won’t vote on the infrastructure bill until the $3.5 trillion social spending plan is passed in the Senate.
With a potential stalemate on the horizon, Pelosi has already made clear she won’t stage a vote on the infrastructure bill until the second package containing a long list of Biden’s priorities is passed by the Senate.
The opposition from the nine Democrats could see them block the budget blueprint in the House.
“With the livelihoods of hardworking American families at stake, we simply can’t afford months of unnecessary delays and risk squandering this one-in-a-century, bipartisan infrastructure package,” New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer wrote as the letter’s lead author.
Others who signed the letter include: Filemon Vela, Vicente Gonzalez and Henry Cuellar of Texas; Ed Case of Hawaii;, Kurt Schrader of Oregon; Carolyn Bourdeaux of Georgia; Jared Golden of Maine; and Jim Costa of California.
The infrastructure bill was passed in the Senate on Tuesday.
The Senate approved the $3.5 trillion budget plan in the early hours of Wednesday on a party-line 50-49 vote following a 15-hour “vote-a-rama”.
Some moderate Dems have already flagged concerns over the spending spree as inflation spikes and prices rise for household goods.
West Virginia’s Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Wednesday he has “serious concerns” about the $3.5 trillion plan.
“Over the past year, Congress has injected more than $5 trillion of stimulus into the American economy – more than any time since World War II – to response to the pandemic,” he said. “The challenge we now face is different”.
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump blasted Senate Democrats for executing what he called a “communist plan to destroy America.”
He said America was being “robbed” and that everyone needed to “wake up.”