Nancy Pelosi warns all of Congress they will NOT leave for Thanksgiving until Biden’s $1.8trillion Build Back Better bill has passed – but will Joe still take his family trip to Nantucket?
- The House could take up the $1.75 trillion package as soon as Wednesday
- A group of progressives earlier this month allowed bipartisan infrastructure legislation to move ahead
- Many lawmakers have travel plans
- President Biden plans to pardon the traditional national turkey and an alternate on Friday
- He then hopes to keep up his family tradition of heading to Nantucket, Mass.
- Biden signed infrastructure package into law Monday
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is using an age-old pressure tactic as she tries to amass the votes to to pass President Biden’s Build Back Better plan – saying lawmakers won’t be flying home for the Thanksgiving holiday until they vote on it.
Pelosi’s efforts to bring the $1.75 trillion measure up for a vote have been repeatedly stalled – although she finally won House passage of Biden’s $1.1 trillion infrastructure package before a different break, a week-long Veterans’ Day recess.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told colleagues the Build Back Better plan is set to come up on Wednesday, with a vote possible Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
Pelosi told fellow Democrats the House won’t go home until the bill is passed, CNN reported.
Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (Democrat of California), right, arrives with United States House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (Democrat of Maryland), left, and United States House Majority Whip James Clyburn. She told members of her caucus she won’t send the House home for Thanksgiving until it passes ‘Build Back Better’
Adding uncertainty to the situation is the Congressional Budget Office, which still must provide scores for portions of the bill.
A group of House centrists refused to vote for the plan until they knew exactly how much it would cost – ultimately signing on to a letter committing to vote for it the week of Nov. 15th.
Democratic leaders had hoped to act on the infrastructure bill months ago, but Biden only signed it into law on Monday after repeated delays amid negotiations between centrists and progressives.
Now, with one major legislative piece done – Biden flew to New Hampshire Monday to help sell it – the House is acting on a measure that still faces objections from holdout Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), meaning more negotiations are needed.
President Joe Biden makes his way to board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on November 16, 2021. Biden is headed to Woodstock, New Hampshire to promote the new infrastructure law
President Joe Biden and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu remove their face masks as they walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday. Landrieu is advising Biden on implementation of the infrastructure law
Last week, Manchin complained about $4,500 grants for purchases of electric vehicles under the bill – but only for those made in the U.S. by union shots, meaning effectively by Detroit.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), a top organized labor advocate from the Midwest, wasn’t concerned when asked about Manchin’s complaints by DailyMail.com.
‘No. people say all kinds of things. None of it surprises me and we’re going to pass the bill,’ Brown said at the White House Monday.
Biden also has Thanksgiving on his mind, with his own getaway planned. On Friday, he plans to take part in the traditional Thanksgiving turkey pardon at the White House – with both the national bird and an ‘alternate’ lined up for a reprieve, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Then, Biden plans to keep up a longstanding tradition by flying to Nantucket to be with family – if Congress doesn’t botch his plans with any legislative drama.