Gottheimer: 'No reason' why Democrats shouldn't pass infrastructure bill right away


Rep. Josh GottheimerGottheimer: 'No reason' why Democrats shouldn't pass infrastructure bill right awayJoshua (Josh) GottheimerPelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Lawmakers gear up for spending bill, infrastructure votes Sunday shows - All eyes on spending votes MORE (D-N.J.) said Sunday that there is "no reason why" Democrats shouldn't pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill right away.

During an interview with Jake TapperGottheimer: 'No reason' why Democrats shouldn't pass infrastructure bill right awayJacob (Jake) Paul TapperGottheimer: 'No reason' why Democrats shouldn't pass infrastructure bill right away Frederica Wilson rails against Haitian deportation flights, calls treatment 'inhumane' WHIP LIST: How House Democrats say they'll vote on infrastructure bill MORE on CNN's "State of the Union," Gottenheimer said he supports the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package but pointed out that it is a separate bill from infrastructure.

"These are two separate bills," he said. "You've got the infrastructure, a historic once-in-a-century [bill]... There's no reason why we shouldn't pass that right away and get those shovels in the ground."

Democratic Rep. Gottheimer says he supports a reconciliation package but argues it is a separate bill from infrastructure.

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Gottheimer added that lawmakers should "keep working" on the reconciliation package, which he says he is committed to passing. 

While Speaker Nancy PelosiGottheimer: 'No reason' why Democrats shouldn't pass infrastructure bill right awayNancy PelosiNorth Dakota Republican latest House breakthrough COVID-19 case Pelosi sets Thursday vote on bipartisan infrastructure bill Cheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump MORE (D-Calif) said the package would pass this week, progressive Democrats vowed to oppose the infrastructure bill unless the House first votes on a $3.5 trillion social spending package serving as the second component of Biden's Build Back Better plan. 

Pelosi said she expected the bring both the infrastructure bill and the spending package up for a vote in the House this week.