The struggle between the advanced and the moderate for the Biden agenda
To ensure that the larger package does not lag behind, Jayapal-led House Progressives have made it clear that they will not support the Infrastructure Act unless the Safety Network Act is moved in tandem.
The decision to reschedule the infrastructure voting timetable came at a critical time for Biden’s agenda. It happened just hours after the president came to Capitol Hill to present a framework for his Social Security plan to House Democrats. This legislation has not yet been finalized or publicly signed by all Democrats in the Senate, whose votes will be crucial to its adoption.
“The truth is that although talks on the Senate Infrastructure Act have been going on for months, the specifics of the larger Build Back Better Act have been seriously debated in recent weeks, thanks to a progressive assembly that kept the line and put both parts on the agenda again. “Jayapal said in a statement on Thursday.
“Now Congress needs to complete the work and put both laws to a vote together,” she said.
Jayapal’s rise as an advanced leader
The Democratic MP represents Washington’s seventh congressional district, which includes much of Seattle and surrounding areas.
Her parliamentary group has become even more recognizable in recent years as the rising stars of the Democratic Party were elected to Congress and joined its ranks, including representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City.
“We need to be able to say that a progressive parliamentary group is committed to this, we are fighting for it,” she said. “It’s not a litmus test, it’s not a purity test, but we want people to be generally in line with the parliamentary committee when voting.”
The parliamentary group has remained largely united, as the moderate and progressive quarrel over Biden’s agenda, the dynamics that have strengthened the bloc’s influence and Jayapal’s power during the high-stakes negotiations.
Contributed by Annie Grayer of CNN and Alex Rogers.