House progressives are making good on their threat to protest House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) planned Thursday infrastructure vote. Though some lawmakers previously warned they'd revoke support, it was unclear if the bill would actually be put in jeopardy by progressives who are upset by it advancing without the party's sweeping spending package, writes Bloomberg.
Now, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joining the call.
"Let's be crystal clear," said Sanders on Tuesday. "If the bipartisan infrastructure bill is passed on its own on Thursday, this will be in violation of an agreement that was reached within the Democratic Caucus in Congress." Pelosi has long purported she would not take up the infrastructure bill without an approved spending package, but then "effectively decoupled" the two on Monday.
"I strongly urge my House colleagues to vote against the bipartisan infrastructure bill until Congress passes a strong reconciliation bill." The roads-and-bridges legislation has already passed the Senate.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that she will also vote no on Thursday "unless I get some new information here," per Newsweek. And fellow progressive Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) shared similar sentiments, writing in a statement that "progressives will vote for both bills, but a majority of our members will only vote for the infrastructure bill after the president's visionary Build Back Better Act passes."
As one person has put it...woah.