House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) condescendingly dismissed a reporter’s question on Thursday asking about the Democrats’ Build Back Better legislation and how quickly it could be revised in order for her to bring it to the floor for a vote.
The exchange started with the reporter asking her if the Democratic Party’s infrastructure bill would be brought to the floor for a vote Thursday evening, “Madam Speaker, could you just project this week a little bit, what you expect? Do you expect to vote tonight? And is it possible that you might just vote on the infrastructure bill considering everybody seems to be bought in and saying it’s ready for a vote?”
She tersely replied with a disingenuous smile plastered on her face, “No” it would not.
He then proceeded to ask her for details on the timing of the vote and the hurdles that had to be overcome to bring the legislation to the floor. “Okay. So, do you anticipate a vote on the Build Back Better today, and what are the big hurdles you have to overcome?” the reporter asked.
“I’ll let you know as soon as I wish to,” Pelosi flippantly responded during her weekly press event. Her answer resembled one from royalty to a peasant more than one from an elected official to a journalist.
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“You’re just worried about your own schedule. I know. I know that,” she stated.
“But the fact is, is that our Members are engaged in very thoughtful deliberation with each other. As I said to you before, 90 percent of this bill has been agreed to – House, Senate, White House – and written. We made some changes since last week. People need to familiarize themselves with it. That was the purpose of our meeting this morning. As I said, it made me very proud. I was inspired by just, once again, hearing the depth of knowledge and breadth of vision of our colleagues. And we’ll let you know,” Pelosi dismissively continued.
“I think many of you know I was really very unhappy about not passing the BIF last week. I really was very unhappy because we had an October 31st deadline, and I thought that that was eloquent, but not enough, I guess. So, now we’re going to – we’re going to pass both bills, but in order to do so, we have to have votes for both bills. And that’s where we are,” she added.
Democrats are coming together to #BuildBackBetter by delivering historic, measurable results to transform this moment of challenge for our planet and for working families into a brighter future of opportunity and real triumph for the American people.
All of the American people. pic.twitter.com/yT8P4yJCHU
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) November 4, 2021
Pelosi has pulled this kind of deflecting maneuver before when she proclaimed in connection with the passage of Obamacare “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it.”
For weeks, Pelosi and her team have been trying to get enough votes to pass a $1.75 trillion spending package and a Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill. As of Friday they still haven’t pulled it off. Moderate Democrats are now citing the need for scoring from the Congressional Budget Office which would reveal the budgetary impacts of the spending package. This will no doubt mire down the legislation even more.
Pelosi is scheduled to lead a congressional delegation to Scotland for the U.N. Climate Summit COP26 this weekend and will be leaving Washington, D.C. later Friday night with her task unfinished.
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