The Democratic-run House on Tuesday advanced a key measure tied to President Joe Biden’s big spending plans in a 220-212 vote, with the action coming a day later than expected due to recalcitrance from moderate House Democrats.
The House failed to hold a procedural vote on Monday night as planned for a “rule” that aims to set up future passage of a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion package targeting social spending, climate change and other Democratic priorities.
A group of 10 moderate Democratic House lawmakers, up from nine earlier, withheld support for the measure on Monday because the representatives want the infrastructure bill to get approved before the larger package.
On Tuesday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats won over the moderates with a deal that involved having the rule commit the chamber to holding an infrastructure vote by Sept. 27.
Pelosi on Tuesday morning had said she was not far from achieving a deal with the moderates.
“I’m sorry that we couldn’t land the plane last night, and that you all had to wait. But that’s just part of the legislative progress,” the California lawmaker told her fellow Democrats, according to multiple published reports. “I think we’re close to landing the plane.”
Pelosi also has been facing pressure from progressive House Democrats who say they won’t support the bipartisan infrastructure bill unless the $3.5 trillion package moves ahead as well. She has a narrow House majority and can afford no more than three defections by Democrats on legislation if there’s no Republican support for it.