Clyburn says there is a ‘possibility’ infrastructure vote could be delayed
“There’s always a possibility that the vote would get delayed, but the question is, ‘Are we going to work to get to our goal for September 27?’ Yes, we’re going to work hard to reach that goal, and sometimes you have to kind of stop the clock to get to the goal. We’ll do what’s necessary to get there,” Clyburn, the third-ranking House Democrat, told Fintech Zoom’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
In order to satisfy her caucus, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pledged early on not to move the bipartisan infrastructure bill until the House was finished with its bigger proposal, which Republicans say gave them opening to argue that the two bills, which are separate proposals, are inextricably linked. With just a three-vote margin, Pelosi has had to tread carefully to secure moderate and progressive votes on both packages and has promised moderates she will bring the bipartisan bill to the floor no later than September 27.
House Budget Committee Chair John Yarmuth on Sunday appeared optimistic that the vote would still occur by the September 27 deadline, saying Pelosi can hold off on sending it to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature if the larger spending package hasn’t come up yet.
“The only answer I can give you is that is the current plan to vote on the infrastructure bill on September 27,” Yarmuth said on Fox News Sunday when asked about the timing of advancing the two separate bills. But the Speaker “can hold on to that bill for a while,” the Kentucky Democrat said, “so, there’s some flexibility in terms of how we mesh the two mandates.”
Yarmuth said the Democrats’ massive economic bill would likely be voted on after September 27.
“I would say we’re probably going to slip past the September 27 date. Sometime into early October would be my best guess,” he said.