Nancy Pelosi found herself persona non grata at a meeting of the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Thursday as she attempted to persuade left wing Democrats to sign off on bipartisan infrastructure legislation.

 

Multiple sources confirmed to The Uprising that Pelosi was “kicked out” of the meeting by Progressive Caucus Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal. “She got kicked out and said she was leaving anyway,” a Democrat staffer, who was granted anonymity to discuss the confidential meeting, said of Pelosi.

 

Spokespeople for Pelosi and Jayapal did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Pelosi was observed entering the meeting and leaving just over ten minutes after she walked in.

 

Pelosi has been trying to push progressives to vote for bipartisan infrastructure legislation, which is known on the Hill as “BIF,” as soon as possible to provide Biden with a legislative victory before he travels to Europe.

 

According to a second Democratic staffer, who was also granted anonymity, progressives are concerned about supporting the legislation without knowing that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin — the key swing votes in the Senate – are willing to back Biden’s larger “Build Back Better” framework.

 

The White House unveiled that framework on Thursday morning with a statement declaring the president is “confident this is a framework that can pass both houses of Congress.” The second staffer, who was also granted anonymity, said progressives have their doubts.

 

“They don’t trust Sinema and Manchin because Manchin and Sinema have demonstrated over and over again that they’re not trustworthy,” the staffer said.


 

 

No comments:

Post a Comment