House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) remained unmoved after moderates in her caucus threatened to withhold their votes on the reconciliation budget resolution unless she brings the bipartisan infrastructure bill to the floor first.
“This is no time for amateur hour,” she said on a Monday leadership call, per a source familiar with the conversation. “Biden’s agenda needs to show the results that we know it can produce.”
She added that there is no way for the bills to pass unless they proceed in the order that she, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and President Biden laid out months ago.
“For the first time, America’s children have leverage,” she said on the call. “I will not surrender that leverage.”
The “Problem Solvers” caucus are going to vote in the order that Pelosi says they will, and they will go out and campaign on the money they brought to their districts, and hopefully they’ll win even if they can’t paint themselves as serious moderate centrists. Frankly, I think she’s done them a big favor.