Today, the U.S. House Bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus formally endorsed the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure framework, releasing a statement in support of the proposal:
“The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus strongly supports the Senate infrastructure framework, which is closely aligned with our own ‘Building Bridges’ proposal released last month. In light of the bipartisan, bicameral genesis of the framework, we encourage an expeditious, stand-alone vote in the House and thank our bipartisan Senate partners and the Biden Administration for working so closely with us to demonstrate that cooperation is still possible in Washington.”
The caucus, which includes 29 Democrats and 29 Republicans, urging “an expeditious, stand-alone vote” in the House for the proposal, could cause issues for U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy to pass the bipartisan deal in conjunction with a multi-trillion budget reconciliation bill that would include additional Democratic priorities. Pelosi has indicated she will not take up either the compromise infrastructure bill or Democrats’ plan until the Senate passes both.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has said that the Senate will move forward with the bipartisan proposal this month and has also instructed the Senate Budget Committee to draft a “unity budget resolution” that can be presented to the full Democratic Caucus when the Senate returns next week.
REMINDER – TAKE ACTION – ABC Action Alert on Potential Biden Potential Pro-PLA Executive Order
ABC issued an action alert for members to send to the White House and oppose the president’s efforts to strengthen an Obama-era rule on Project Labor Agreements. The Biden administration has reportedly circulated a draft executive order to expand federal agencies’ use of project labor agreements. The order would update the Obama-era order from 2009 that encouraged federal agencies to consider requiring project labor agreements when awarding contracts of at least $25 million on a case-by-case basis and permits state and local government recipients of federal money to mandate PLAs on public works construction projects. Thanks in part to ABC’s advocacy efforts, President Obama’s pro-PLA order and regulations rarely led to project labor agreements on federal construction projects (learn more here).
Please use the link here to contact President Biden and ask him to allow all Americans to compete to build federally financed construction projects on a fair and level playing field.