Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-Wyckoff) slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday night after siding with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and postponing the vote on a bipartisan Billion Bill infrastructure dollars which included funding for the Gateway Tunnel project.
“It is deeply regrettable that President Pelosi has failed to live up to her firm and public commitment to members of Congress and the American people to vote and pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by September 27 at the latest,” Gottheimer said.
Five weeks ago, Pelosi released a written pledge in support of a compromise to pass a more traditional road and bridge bill first. Gottheimer, the chairman of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, had played a key role in negotiating the compromise – something ratified by a vote of House Democrats.
“I pledge to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by September 27,” Pelosi said. “I do this with the commitment to rally the support of House Democratic for its passage.”
Pelosi’s move came after President Joe Biden withdrew the plan, agreeing to pass a broader climate change and social policy bill first.
“Along with a group of MPs, I have worked tirelessly to push through the bipartisan infrastructure bill, legislation that we helped craft in April with my colleagues in the Senate,” Gotthheimer said. “But a small, far-left faction in the House of Representatives undermined that deal and blocked a critical vote on the president’s historic bipartisan infrastructure bill.”
According to Gottheimer, the plan would have made “generational investments in roads, bridges, tunnels and public transportation, finally build the Gateway Tunnel, expand broadband access, protect communities from leaded water, improve climate resilience, build electric vehicle infrastructure and help create two million jobs every year for a decade.
“We cannot let this small, far-left faction – which employs the tactics of the Freedom Caucus, as described speak New York Times today – destroy the president’s agenda and stop the creation of two million jobs a year – including for the millions of hard-working men and women, ”said Gottheimer, a three-term Democrat from the county from Bergen. “We were elected to achieve reasonable, common sense solutions for the American people – not to obstruct from distant wings. “
Gottheimer also pounced on House Democrats who blew up the deal.
“This far-left faction is ready to jeopardize the president’s entire program, including this historic bipartisan infrastructure package,” he said. They endangered civility and bipartisan governance.
Biden hasn’t set a timeline for adjusting his key legislative proposal, but is seeking moderate Democratic votes in the Senate by lowering the price from $ 3.5 trillion to $ 2.3 trillion.
“I will not stop fighting for the people I represent, and I will not stop fighting to cross the finish line to the historic, bipartisan infrastructure bill – to support communities, New Jersey families and workers, ”Gottheimer said.