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U.S. Chamber says it supports separate infrastructure bill, rejects reunification

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the Senate-passed infrastructure bill but not some expensive package that some lawmakers and President Joe Biden are trying to attach to the infrastructure law.

The chamber clarified its position in a statement late Monday night.

It said it “fully supports” the 1. 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which the Senate passed about two months ago, and “strongly opposes” the spending package, which Democrats are trying to ram through Congress using a process called reconciliation.

“Before last Friday, it was clear that Congress could enact an infrastructure bill without enacting a reconciliation bill. Now, Congressional Democrats are putting the two bills together, leaving the infrastructure bill hostage until the restructuring bill moves forward, ”the chamber said in a statement.

“We will not back down from our opposition to reunification because of our support for infrastructure. And we will continue to fight to separate the two bills so that we can enact long-delayed infrastructure bills and avoid the economy crushing bill.

The position joins the chamber, the country’s largest lobbying group, moderate Democrats and some Republicans who hope to pass the infrastructure bill.

But so-called progressives backed by Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (de-Calif.) Are refusing to promise to vote in favor of the bill unless the House first passes the reconciliation package, which is $ 3.5 trillion.

The war has exposed serious divisions within the Democratic Party. The party controls both the Legislative Chamber and the White House but retains a slim majority in the House and Senate, leaving little chance of a change of party.

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The Congressional Progressive Caucus and its 96 members have more than enough to mitigate the infrastructural push, even as some Republicans promised to vote for the bill. Nineteen Republicans helped pass it in the Senate.

Sense. Democrats cannot leave the upper house alone.

Discussions continued after reporter Pramila Jaipal (D-Wash) and her caucus bowed and twice delayed the scheduled vote in the Pelosi infrastructure section.

The chamber has moved to the left in recent years. It backed dozens of Democrats in favor of Congress in the 2020 election, angering Conservatives.

The House Republican leadership pulled the chamber out of strategic calls this week regarding the infrastructure and reconciliation package.

Some Democrats have criticized the chamber’s position on the packages.

Sand Sheldon Whitehouse (DR.I.) wrote on Twitter last month, “Reconciliation may be our last best shot in terms of economic climate activity, but the US Chamber is trying its best to stop the bill from passing.” “We are fighting for a livable future, while they are fighting for polluters.”

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Zachary Stiber covers U.S. news, including politics and court cases. He started at The Epoch Times as a New York City metro reporter.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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