A fundraising email sent by Rep. Pramila Jayapal criticized moderate Democrats for their threat to derail the $ 3.5 trillion party line spending bill if the House is not voted on first. bipartisan infrastructure package.
Ms Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington state, asked people to donate to her campaign in an email on Saturday, promising “big, bold and fast investments” while attacking members of her own group.
“We cannot call people moderate Democrats if they vote against childcare, paid leave, healthcare and fighting climate change,” the email read. “This is the Democratic agenda, this is the president’s agenda, and this is what we promised people across the United States.”
Ms. Jayapal’s email comes after nine moderate Democrats sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday, saying they would not vote on the budget resolution until the bipartisan infrastructure bill. is approved in the House and becomes law.
Legislators who signed the letter include Representatives Josh Gottheimer from New Jersey, Carolyn Bourdeaux from Georgia, Filemon Vela from Texas, Jared Golden from Maine, Henry Cuellar from Texas, Vicente González from Texas, Ed Case from Hawaii, Jim Costa from California. , and Kurt Schrader from Oregon.
The letter also followed another sent to Ms. Pelosi last week by six moderate Democrats urging a halt to “unnecessary delays” in passing the infrastructure bill.
Ms. Pelosi said she would not allow the House to pass the $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill to fund highway, bridge, broadband and rail projects that was approved by the Senate last week until the upper house passes the $ 3.5 billion social programs bill. .
The Democrats’ budget bill includes initiatives like free community college, universal pre-kindergarten, as well as some immigration and climate change reforms.
Democrats supporting the proposals have called the priorities “human infrastructure.”
Republicans are unlikely to support such a package, so Democrats plan to pass the bill along party lines through budget reconciliation.
The process would allow members to pass the bill with a simple majority of 51 votes and avoid the Senate’s 60-vote obstruction threshold.