Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Hangs in Balance
House Democrats Struggle Toward Vote
As September came to a close, House Democrats appeared to be no closer to an agreement on how their two-pronged approach to massive investments in infrastructure and social programs will survive in the coming weeks.
At risk are provisions in the Senate-passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes more than $8 billion to address critical Western water supply needs, including to repair aging dams and canals, build new surface and groundwater storage and conveyance facilities, fund water conservation and recycling projects, and enhance watershed management and improve ecosystems.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CALIFORNIA) pulled a vote on the $1.2 trillion Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure package originally planned for September 30. As this “Monthly Briefing” was going to press, House Members were advised that the complete consideration of the bipartisan infrastructure bill would be delayed to October 1.
The vote was postponed after it became evident that House Democrats did not have enough support to clear the bill and send it to President Biden’s desk.
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