Who are they?
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.), a member of the coalition encouraging their colleagues to support the bill, said, “This bipartisan infrastructure bill was essentially a Problem Solvers product.”
“It would not be an argument in favor of bipartisanship for the Republicans who are part of that [bill] to turn their backs on it now.”
Rep. John Katko (R-NY) stated plainly why he voted yes: “I helped write it.”
While a tiny segment of the GOP is anxious to show that bipartisanship is alive and well, it’s a difficult vote for many moderate House Republicans, who are under strong pressure from party leaders not to give Biden a win, which may jeopardize their prospects of winning the House.
In addition, rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), one of the group’s early co-chairs, said “From a caucus perspective, we’re going to be there. Not everybody, but we’re going to have a sizable showing. And that’s a good thing.”
He added, “Substantively, it’s a pretty solid bill.”
The Problem Solvers have dealt with a number of issues that have divided the caucus in the past. The House voted earlier this year on whether to form a bipartisan, independent commission to examine the Jan. 6 insurgency, which was one of the most difficult decisions in the group’s history.
He said “So many people’s decision depends on how the process plays out.”
“There’s a lot of people who support infrastructure, who may not be in love with the bill but they’re OK with it. But they want nothing to do with the $3.5 trillion.”
At time of publishing, the vote has been delayed until Thursday 30 October.