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Progressives Hold Firm on Opposing Infrastructure Bill Without Vow to Pass Build Back Better Act

HeadlineSep 29, 2021

On Capitol Hill, House progressives say they will “hold the line” and oppose the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill this week, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she would seek a vote Thursday on the measure without a commitment to also pass the Build Back Better Act, the $3.5 trillion, 10-year bill that expands the social safety net and combats climate change. Activists from People’s Watch and Sunrise Movement are demonstrating in D.C. this week to pressure Democrats to pass the measure through reconciliation. Activists confronted Pelosi Tuesday evening as she headed into a fundraiser.

Activist: “Nancy Pelosi, will you hold the line on the reconciliation bill, for climate justice, for California? Will you hold the line?”

Meanwhile, President Biden met Tuesday with conservative Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, who receive major donations from financial institutions, fossil fuel companies and other industries that oppose the spending package.

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