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Progressives Block Infrastructure Bill Vote Again in Latest Setback for Joe Biden

Newsweek logo Newsweek 10/29/2021 Toria Barnhart
Growing frustrations within the Democrat Party led progressives to block the possibility of a Thursday night vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the latest setback for President Joe Biden. Pictured: Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC on May 17, 2021. © NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images Growing frustrations within the Democrat Party led progressives to block the possibility of a Thursday night vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the latest setback for President Joe Biden. Pictured: Biden delivers remarks on the COVID-19 response and the vaccination in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC on May 17, 2021.

Growing frustrations within the Democrat Party led progressives to block the possibility of a Thursday night vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the latest setback for President Joe Biden.

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"There are too many 'no' votes for the BIF to pass" today, Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) told reporters.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also announced the vote would be postponed in a Dear Colleague Letter. The California Democrat said that the good news is that most members who were planning to vote no are committed to supporting the legislation.

"It is both heartening and impressive to observe the strength of Members' engagement in the discussion," she wrote.

House Democrats remain at odds over the bipartisan legislation because of differences in the larger social spending bill. Party members previously hoped to reach an agreement before Biden left for climate talks in Europe.

This is a breaking news story that will be updated.

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