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Pelosi says infrastructure bill will pass this week, but the vote may be delayed


U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stands with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen before the start of Pelosi’s weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 23, 2021.

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U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated Sunday that she expects the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill to pass this week, but voting on the legislation may be pushed back from its original Monday timeline.

Pelosi stated on ABC’s This Week that she expects the bill to be passed this week. “I will never bring a bill to Congress that does not have enough votes. It is impossible to choose the date. The vote must be given in good time. We will.

Pelosi had promised a vote on the infrastructure bill on or before September 27. The measure has been approved by the Senate.

She said, “It might be tomorrow, provided we have the votes.”

According to the speaker, she was working towards a consensus regarding President Joe Biden’s reconciliation bill of $3.5 trillion.

On Saturday, members of the House Budget Committee approved the bill. They will now send it to their floor. Moderate and progressive Democrats have clashed over the size and scope of the package, but Pelosi said Sunday it “seems self-evident” the bill’s price tag will drop.

She added, “Everybody supports the vision of President Obama, overwhelming, I believe even those who wish to have a lower number.”