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Moderate Dems double down on demand for infrastructure bill

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The U.S. Capitol on Wednesday night, April 28, 2021. (Video screenshot)

By Andrew Trunsky
Daily Caller News Foundation

The group of nine moderate House Democrats on Sunday insisted on passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill before the $3.5 trillion budget, vowing to block the budget if it was brought to the floor first.

The group, led by New Jersey Rep. Josh Gottheimer, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post, calling on the House to “take the win” and send the infrastructure package to President Joe Biden’s desk immediately.

“The challenge we face right now is that there is a standoff with some of our colleagues who have decided to hold the infrastructure bill hostage for months, or kill it altogether, if they don’t get what they want in the next bill — a largely undefined $3.5 trillion reconciliation package,” they wrote.

“While we have concerns about the level of spending and potential revenue raisers, we are open to immediate consideration of that package,” they added. “But we are firmly opposed to holding the president’s infrastructure legislation hostage to reconciliation, risking its passage and the bipartisan support behind it.”

The op-ed was not the first time the group has argued aga

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