Joe Biden may have won a key vote to push more money into his infrastructure plan, but the big plan’s efforts to garner support may have been too late.
There were reports from Friday that Democrats voted behind closed doors to delay debate on the $1.3 trillion infrastructure plan, which had been scheduled for a vote this week on the Senate floor.
“There was a little chat. The votes were almost there for the infrastructure bill so it was all a struggle on that and once that got all done, the votes weren’t there for the debate. So now we’ll just follow that,” Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) told Fox News, adding that it may be tabled by the full House or just take a more deliberative approach by placing it on the lower chamber’s agenda.
“I think that they have to figure out a process that is substantive and it will take a bit of time,” Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) said.
For now, Democrats’ plan appears to be moving forward by pushing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring the infrastructure plan to the floor as part of an omnibus spending bill that will more than likely be backed by the White House.
Biden, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, outlined his plan for $1.3 trillion over 10 years in February.
It includes $300 billion in public funding, including a so-called “infrastructure bank” for creative funding options and legislation that loosens restrictions on how public funds can be used to fund infrastructure projects.
The Democratic plan also calls for a $15 minimum wage by 2024 and legislation that would let cities and states raise their local minimum wage to match the federal standard.
The bill was pushed by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA), who was a chief author of the bill.
“I think it would be a start to push the nation to focus on creating more opportunity to create more jobs to rebuild this economy,” Doyle said after the vote was expected.
Biden was traveling and could not be reached for comment.