Pelosi takes step to quell moderates' budget rebellion

Nancy Pelosi
Posted at 6:43 PM, Aug 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-15 21:43:23-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is proposing a procedural vote that would set up future passage of two budget measures crucial to President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda.

Her plan represents an attempt by Democratic leaders to quell a rebellion, at least for now, by unhappy party moderates.

Pelosi suggests in a letter to Democrats on Sunday that the House will take a single vote that would clear a hurdle for both a budget resolution and a separate infrastructure bill.

The budget blueprint would open the gate for Congress to later consider a separate, $3.5 trillion bill for health, education and environment programs.

Nine centrist Democrats say they will oppose the budget resolution until the House first approves a $1 trillion infrastructure package.