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BREAKING: House Passes Infrastructure Vote, Hands Biden Legislative Victory

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UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: The House passed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which will now go to President Biden for a signature.

The votes were 228 in favor of the bill, and 206 against passing it.

Six Democrats voted against the legislation, while 13 Republicans voted in favor of it.

The House has just handed Biden a major legislative victory.

UPDATE, 10:43 p.m.: The Congressional Progressive Caucus has stated that they will vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the rule on the reconciliation legislation. Here’s their statement:

“Tonight, members of the Progressive Caucus and our colleagues in the Democratic Caucus reached an agreement to advance both pieces of President Biden’s legislative agenda. Our colleagues have committed to voting for the transformative Build Back Better Act, as currently written, no later than the week of November 15. All of our colleagues have also committed to voting tonight on the rule to move the Build Back Better Act forward to codify this promise. The President has affirmed these members gave him the same commitment.

“As part of this agreement, at the request of the President, and to ensure we pass both bills through the House, progressives will advance the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the House rule on Build Back Better tonight.”

UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Statement from moderate Democrat representatives:

UPDATE, 10:19 p.m.: More debate, then a break.

House lawmakers wrapped up their debate on the procedural “rule” governing the spending bill. The House then went into a recess, subject to the call of the chair.

Lawmakers have still not voted on the bipartisan infrastructure bill or on whether to adopt the “rule” on the spending bill.

UPDATE, 9:41 p.m.: Biden has issued a statement:

“I am urging all members to vote for both the rule for consideration of the Build Back Better Act and final passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill tonight,” President Biden said in a statement. “I am confident that during the week of November 15, the House will pass the Build Back Better Act.”

UPDATE, 9:15 p.m.:

UPDATE, 8:35 p.m.: You can watch it live…if you dare.

Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are pushing for the House to vote on the infrastructure bill, but they have backed down on their plans to vote on the reconciliation bill after moderate Democrats have requested that the Congressional Budget Office weigh in on the economic impact of the spending legislation, a move which could take several weeks.

Fox News reports that Biden is working Democrats in Congress to vote tonight to pass the bipartisan infrastructure plan:

“The President is speaking with House leadership, progressives, and moderates in an effort to come to a solution. And he has been urging a vote tonight,” a White House official told Fox News’ Jacqui Heinrich.

Henrich also noted that the president has cancelled his weekend plans.

House leaders had planned to vote on the reconciliation bill tonight as well, but moderate Democrats scuttled those plans, dealing another blow to the leadership’s ambitious plans to pass both bills.

Earlier this evening a group of progressive lawmakers vowed to vote no on the infrastructure bill, which may even jeopardize getting anything done at all.

Stay tuned for any further developments.