House Democrats, joined by 13 Republicans, pass $1 trillion infrastructure bill

After marathon behind-the-scenes negotiations and at the urging of President Joe Biden, House lawmakers have approved the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. This leaves his ‘Build Back Better’ bill hanging.

The bill passed the House 228-206, with 13 Republicans siding with 215 Democrats in voting for the bill. Six progressive Democrats - Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib - opposed the legislation.

Biden was reportedly actively involved in drumming up votes for the bill. The president canceled his planned trip to Delaware to stay in Washington and personally phoned into the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) meeting on Friday evening, asking its members to support the infrastructure package.

Several hours before the vote took place, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent Manu Raju reported that some 20 progressives were still against the bill. The group, led by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Washington), previously said that they could not support the bill without addressing their education, healthcare and climate change proposals as well. Later in the night Jayapal, however, voted “yes” on the infrastructure bill. "Tonight we have an agreement that will get both bills done," she said, referring to Biden’s assurances that his Build Back Better spending package would be passed within the next few weeks.

In the run-up to the vote, Biden issued a statement, saying that he was “confident that during the week of November 15, the House will pass the Build Back Better Act,” while calling on the lawmakers to close ranks and support the bill.


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