Democrat In-Fighting: Progressives Celebrate Nancy Pelosi’s Delayed Vote On $1T Infrastructure Bill, Say They Won’t Settle For Less Than 3.5T

Congressional Progressive Caucus members Rep. Cori Bush (D-GA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) outside the US Capitol on September 30, 2021. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


  • Progressives celebrated Nancy Pelosi delaying a vote on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.
  • They are withholding support until a much larger $3.5 trillion package makes progress.
  • Progressives worry that if the smaller package goes first the larger one may never happen.

Progressives in the House of Representatives were celebrating Thursday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delayed a vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill thanks to a rebellion in her party.

Democratic representatives, led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, refused to support the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill unless a larger, $3.5 trillion social welfare and climate change bill makes more progress.

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