Republicans’ secret lobbying

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Five Senate Republicans who helped negotiate and draft a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill are privately pitching their Republican aides to pass the measure in the House.

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why it matters: House GOP leaders are actively urging their members to oppose the bill. Senators are working to undermine that effort as Monday shapes up as a do-or-die moment for the bipartisan bill.

  • Progressives say they have dozens of Democrats ready to sink the measure, noting that they insist the House first pass President Biden’s $3.5 trillion “soft” infrastructure package.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Cal.) centrist Democrats have promised She will pass the $1.2 trillion bill by Monday.
  • That time frame has made centrist Democrats and Senate Republicans unlikely allies.

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) told Nerdshala that he had “several my . spoke with [Republican House] Associate.”

  • Rep in them. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Republican chairman of the Problem Solver Caucus.
  • Portman this week on Rep. Josh Gotheimer (DNJ), Democratic leader of the Problem Solver. Both Fitzpatrick and Gottheimer have insisted on passing a bipartisan bill first, before moving on to a larger reconciliation bill.
  • In addition, Portman said he has spoken with moderate Democrats in the Senate – whom he declined to name – in the hope that they will also help lobby their House counterparts during next week’s expected vote.

Latest: The push has intensified after House Republican leaders formally announced on Wednesday that they were trying to cast a vote against the $1.2 trillion bill.

  • House Minority Whip Steve Scalis (R-La.) told Nerdshala in a phone interview that he has spoken with “a number” of Senate Republicans “and, frankly, this is an area we don’t agree on.” Huh.”
  • Scalise said the bill is “poor policy” regardless of whether it is linked to the reconciliation package, claiming it “has little to do with infrastructure.”
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California.) Opposition to bipartisan bill and claims it is directly linked to the $3.5 trillion proposal.

What are they saying:

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Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) she said “wish [Scalise and McCarthy] Won’t” whip against the bipartisan bill.

  • “The idea that we’re going to pass a better bill sometime in the future is a clear version of a theoretical bird in the bush, when you have a bird in your hand.”

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Nerdshala that he has spoken with House Republican members of Utah.

  • He “encouraged them to take a good look at the bill, and explained why I think it’s something they should support.”
  • “I think it would be good for us to show politically that we can work collaboratively on things that have merit, because there are some things that don’t have merit that we want to make clear that we oppose. “

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Men): “I’ve talked to some [House Republicans] And will talk more later this week,” she told Nerdshala. “I’m not trying to give advice; I’m just making the case.”

  • Collins said he was “shocked” House leaders are working against the bill.

Its. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska): “I’m just encouraging everyone – Republicans and Democrats. I think the infrastructure bill that we were able to push here with 69 votes deserves to become law. I hope they get on this quickly.” will proceed.”


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