Thursday night, the House delayed voting on the massive bipartisan infrastructure bill in an attempt for Pelosi to save herself from the embarrassing result. After more progressive Democrats announced their plans to torpedo the bill in hopes of passing an even bigger one later it seems Speaker Pelosi was unable to change their minds.
The Hill reports:
After a long day of meetings between Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the warring centrist and progressive factions of the caucus, as well as with White House staff, Democrats opted to delay a vote planned for Thursday rather than allow an embarrassing public failure on the House floor.
A notice from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer‘s (D-Md.) office issued shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday confirmed that there would be no further votes for the night. The House is expected to reconvene Friday morning as the negotiations continue.
Pelosi, leaving the Capitol just after midnight on Friday, suggested the infrastructure vote will take place later in the day.
“There’ll be a vote today,” she said. When pressed if the vote is definitive, however, she left some wiggle room: “We’ll see.”
Moderate Democrats Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema also said they did not plan to support the bipartisan bill. Senator Manchin said he is in “good faith negotiations” regarding the bill but doubted a vote would happen Friday.