On Tuesday, members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus announced their support of the nearly $1 trillion infrastructure deal proposed last month by a bipartisan group of senators.
The group is calling for “an expeditious, stand-alone vote in the House.”
“The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus strongly supports the Senate infrastructure framework,” the group said in a statement. “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 the cooperation is still possible in Washington.”
The caucus, which is comprised of a bipartisan group of 58 representatives, said it “strongly supports” the Senate infrastructure framework that is “closely aligned with our own ‘Building Bridges’ proposal.”
Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., a co-chair from the caucus, said the group worked with colleagues in the Senate on the framework.
“With this new endorsement, there’s an even greater chance that we can get a stand-alone, bipartisan infrastructure package across the finish line,” he said in a statement.
The $1 trillion bipartisan deal includes money to build a national network of electric vehicle charging stations, purchase thousands of electric buses and upgrade the electrical grid. It also would spend $55 billion to improve drinking water and wastewater systems and $47 billion in resiliency efforts to tackle climate change.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said last week that she stands by her comments that the House will not move forward on the deal until the Senate passes a more sweeping package through budget reconciliation.
“The statement that I made, yes, that is a statement I stand by,” Pelosi said.
President Joe Biden has said that he wouldn’t sign the bill on infrastructure unless paired with a reconciliation proposal.
Some congress members believe that tying the two deals together could jeopardize both measures.