Golden, 9 House Democrats Call for Vote on Bipartisan Hard Infrastructure Plan Without Delay

July 15, 2021
Press Release
Speaker Pelosi has stated her intention to hold a bipartisan infrastructure deal until a Democrat-only bill can pass the House

Members to Pelosi: “We strongly urge — and pledge to work with you to bring about — a House vote on this legislation before the August recess and without any unnecessary or artificial delay upon arrival from the Senate.” 

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jared Golden (ME-02) led a group of 10 lawmakers from across the country today to press House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer not to hold up a vote on bipartisan infrastructure legislation after it is received from the Senate. The letter challenges Speaker Pelosi’s stated strategy to block a bipartisan infrastructure bill from a vote in the House until a larger, Democrat-only bill can pass simultaneously. 

“Majority Leader Schumer has said he intends to pass legislation through the Senate along the lines of the bipartisan infrastructure framework by the end of this congressional work period,” wrote the legislators. “We strongly urge — and pledge to work with you to bring about — a House vote on this legislation before the August recess and without any unnecessary or artificial delay upon arrival from the Senate.”

Representatives Sanford Bishop (GA-02), Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07), Stephanie Murphy (FL-07), Kurt Schrader (OR-05), Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Ed Case (HI-01), Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01), and Susie Lee (NV-03) joined Golden to send the letter.

Golden and his colleagues urged House leadership not to hold up much-needed funding for infrastructure to wait for a separate bill passed through the more partisan reconciliation process, which can often take months to be written and voted on. On June 24, Speaker Pelosi announced her intent to not bring a Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill to the House floor until the Senate passes a reconciliation bill.

“The bipartisan infrastructure framework holds the promise of legislation that will not only create jobs across the country and further boost our economic recovery, but also help restore our constituents’ faith that their elected officials can look beyond partisan differences to get things done. No matter their state, district, or party affiliation, every American will benefit from investments in the bridges, roads, rail, ports, and broadband that they use to reach their jobs, education, health care, and loved ones. The potential benefits are too great and the needs too urgent to delay even a day in sending such a bill to the president’s desk, ” continued the members of Congress.

This letter comes after months of work on a bipartisan infrastructure framework by Rep. Golden and the Problem Solvers Caucus. In April, Golden participated in a two-day bipartisan infrastructure summit with other members of Congress, including other members of the Problem Solvers Caucus and a bipartisan group of senators, and governors, including Senator Collins. On June 9, Congressman Golden and his colleagues in the Problem Solvers Caucus unveiled a bipartisan infrastructure framework. Their framework was the basis of the blueprint agreed to by the White House and Senate negotiators two weeks later, and which will soon be filed and put to a vote in the Senate.

Read a copy of the letter here.