Infrastructure Package Delayed Further,
House Preps 30-day Surface Transportation Extension
What happened: House Democrats failed today to reach an agreement that would allow the chamber to approve the $1 trillion infrastructure package and surface transportation reauthorization. The party’s progressive and moderate wings remain at an impasse on a path forward for a $3.5 trillion social infrastructure and climate change reconciliation package and progressives are withholding their votes for the infrastructure bill until a resolution is reached. Democrats have a narrow majority in the House and need support from virtually all members in the chamber to overcome the opposition from most Republicans to the historic infrastructure investment bill.
President Joe Biden made a rare appearance on Capitol Hill to address House Democrats, reportedly calling for party unity around a significantly smaller social infrastructure and climate change package. Biden, however, acknowledged the reality the infrastructure package will have to wait until the other legislation is negotiated, telling reporters: “We’re going to get this done. It doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in six minutes, six days, or six weeks. We’re going to get it done.”
What’s next: The House will consider a 30-day extension of surface programs, which will then go to the Senate and to the White House for enactment. There is no known opposition to the extension at this time and the measure should be enacted no later than Oct. 4.