Senior House Dems launch pressure campaign ahead of key budget vote

Senior House Democrats on Tuesday aggressively pushed their caucus to fall in line behind next week’s key budget vote, hoping to quell a rank-and-file rebellion that threatens to at least temporarily derail President Joe Biden’s economic agenda.
“We have to hold firm. We have to stay together,” Rep. Peter DeFazio, chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said on a call with members, according to multiple people listening. “If you want to be in this game, and you want the House to be a meaningful participant, then stay together next week.”
DeFazio of Oregon, who has vocally criticized the Senate bill, is the latest top Democrat trying to convince reluctant centrists to back next week’s plan. DeFazio argued there was no hurry to pass the Senate deal — a direct rebuttal to moderates’ calls for immediate action — because it wouldn’t go into effect until October 1, when current transportation

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By Heather Caygle and Sarah Ferris

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