Rep. Maxine Waters Joins Brooklyn Nine in Refusing to Vote on Infrastructure Bill

Democrats on Sunday locked in support for the party’s top priorities, moving at the close of their caucus meeting to vote on a Democratic-authored spending bill and then to vote on their own infrastructure bill, …

Democrats on Sunday locked in support for the party’s top priorities, moving at the close of their caucus meeting to vote on a Democratic-authored spending bill and then to vote on their own infrastructure bill, each on the heels of sessions in which progressives asserted that the new Democratic majority was unwilling to take on big-ticket items such as infrastructure.

The most hopeful signs came from some of the party’s most vocal centrists, notably Rep. Charlie Crist of Florida and Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, both in their first terms. Mr. Crist said he had decided to back a Democratic infrastructure bill, and Mr. Ryan said he was opposed to a bill that includes the repairs and replacement of aging roads and bridges.

But several other more moderate members, the so-called Brooklyn Nine, came out against the plan, which would extend a series of investments to ramp up the rebuilding of crumbling public works in the United States.

Even so, the Brooklyn Nine — nine freshmen Democrats from New York and New Jersey — could be enough to let it pass. The floor is expected to be sparsely attended.

Rep. Maxine Waters of California, the senior Democrat on the Financial Services Committee, also indicated that she would not support the bill but said she was not certain it would pass. Ms. Waters, along with Rep. Donna F. Edwards of Maryland, has complained that President Trump, in a lawsuit filed over the state of New York’s decision to end its housing program that gave preference to low-income communities, is relying on a strategy of legal warfare that ignores Congressional subpoena powers.

They called for the effort to continue.

“We are pushing the White House to turn over documents and documents and documents,” Ms. Waters said on the House floor. “They have a lot of documents on how we’ve abused power.”

Ms. Waters was among the first to arrive for the morning caucus session, which is standard in the early days of a new Democratic majority. Many members, who were treated to a reception in the gym after the meeting, left.

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