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Frantic reporting from Capitol Hill as Democratic House leadership engages in a standoff with progressives over the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. Below are some comments from reporters and outlets seemingly putting Pelosi and the House leadership, and progressive Democrats on a collision course later today:

  • Jake Sherman at Punchbowl News tweets: "[House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi specifically told House Democrats that she wants the infrastructure bill passed by the time Biden lands in rome tonight."
  • Andrew Solender at Axios: "Per source familiar, Pelosi said in the Dem caucus meeting, "The President has asked for our vote today...When the President gets off that plane we want him to have a vote of confidence from this Congress… we must succeed today."
  • Scott Wong at The Hill: "[Rep. Rashida] Tlaib says she's a "HELL NO" on Infrastructure until there is a deal for both packages to pass together"
  • Axios: "Following the meeting, progressive Ilhan Omar demanded both a formal legislative text of the package and a vote on both the infrastructure and safety net bills on the same day. "We need to keep the promise that was made."
  • Catie Edmondson at NYT: "[House Progressive Caucus chair Rep.] Jayapal: Biden "did not ask for a vote on the BIF today. The speaker did, but he did not. He said he wants votes on both bills...He said he's confident he can get the votes. It wasn't clear whether the two senators have committed to vote for" reconciliation. "So you know I think it's a bit of a leap of faith in the president."
  • Progressives set to meet later today to work out their stance. If they don't state support for BIF vote it won't be called, or will be called and rejected given v. narrow Dem majority in the House.
MNI London Bureau | +44 203-865-0981 | tom.lake@marketnews.com

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