Happy Hour News
I cannot stress this enough: Never, ever underestimate Nancy Pelosi. Politico Playbook is gonna need some industrial-strength soap to wash the egg off of their faces. But I digest:
After hours of infighting, House Democrats on Tuesday struck a deal that would approve their $3.5 trillion budget resolution, set up floor action on the bipartisan infrastructure bill by Sept. 27 and advance voting rights legislation.
Why it matters: The deal is key to advancing Democrats’ top three priorities — all of which are expected to receive little to no House Republican support.
Between the lines: This comes after a showdown between House leadership, progressives and moderate Democrats over the order in which to tackle passing their dual infrastructure bills.
Pelosi stood with the Progressives, too.
- Moderates failed at their principal goal: strong-arming leadership into voting for the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill first. And while they’ll say they succeeded in getting the party to at least agree to a vote by Sept. 27, the deadline is “non-binding” — making it more of a talking point for the mods and less of a power play.
And here’s the interesting thing to me, barely mentioned here, and not mentioned much of anywhere: the voting rights bill is in this mix. My guess is that is what got everyone to the table and probably across the finish line.
This also sets up Manchin and Sinema to be turds in the punchbowl.
Oh: The WaPo notes the resolution passed 220 to 212 and…
And just for balance, let’s get a conservative take: