There is a war brewing in the Democrat party between the radical left and the few centrist moderates who still remain.
The left, led by Bernie Sanders, is threatening to tank the infrastructure bill if they don’t get the massive $3.5 trillion in spending that they want.
This puts Nancy Pelosi in a nearly impossible position.
The Hill reports:
Left warns Pelosi they’ll take down Biden infrastructure bill
Liberals on Tuesday fired a shot across the bow at Democratic leaders by warning that a bipartisan infrastructure bill cannot pass the House as long as Senate centrists remain noncommittal on the larger social benefits package at the heart of President Biden’s agenda.
The threat is the latest challenge facing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other party leaders, who have scheduled a Thursday vote on the Senate-passed $1.2 trillion public works proposal. The timeline reflects Pelosi’s promise to moderate House Democrats, who have sought to divorce the bipartisan infrastructure bill from the larger and more divisive “family” benefits package.
But in a sign that the infrastructure bill would be doomed Thursday, progressives are sticking with their long-held insistence that Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) first commit to supporting the larger package before the liberals vote in favor of the more popular bipartisan measure. And they say they have the numbers to sink it.
Bernie could end up torpedoing this.
No infrastructure bill should pass without a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill. That is the agreement that was made & that is the agreement that must be kept. Physical infrastructure is important, but the needs of working families & combatting climate change is more important.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 28, 2021
If we were to judge a nation simply by how many millionaires and billionaires it's got, America would be number one — no question — but a great nation is judged by how well it treats its weakest and most vulnerable. We must fight to become a nation of compassion and solidarity.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) September 26, 2021
Lots of pundits are saying that if Biden fails to pass this, he is basically finished.
Grab some popcorn.