Pramila Jayapal warns that $1.2T bipartisan bill dies without blood oath to pass $3.5T liberal bill
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Rep. Pramila Jayapal, chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, on Friday said the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is doomed to fail in a vote scheduled for Monday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set the vote to appease her more moderate members but risks mass defections on the left flank.

"It cannot pass," said Ms. Jayapal, Washington Democrat. "I don't bluff. I don't grandstand. We just don't have the votes for it."

Underscoring the political gauntlet facing President Biden's massive spending bills, Ms. Jayapal said that half of the caucus' 50 members currently are "a hard no" on the infrastructure bill.

Getting them to vote yes, Ms. Jayapal said, would take a promise "signed in blood" from moderate Senate Democrats to support the $3.5 trillion expansion of the social safety net, which is the left's top priority.

What's more, she said the number of far-left House Democrats willing to scuttle the bipartisan bill "is growing."

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