Tlaib Explains ‘No’ Vote on Infrastructure, Is Skeptical About Future of Build Back Better

Rep. Rashida Tlaib says Democrats lost their leverage when they passed the infrastructure package without the larger social spending bill at the same time.

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) is standing by her vote against the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, saying that Democrats lost their leverage to pass the larger Build Back Better social spending bill by separating the two pieces of legislation. She says she’s now skeptical about the future of Build Back Better.

“This was a deal to pass both bills together, and the deal was broken, which makes Build Back Better uncertain.” –Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit)

Listen: Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) talks about her ‘no’ vote on infrastructure and her skepticism that Build Back Better will pass.


Rep. Rashida Tlaib is a Democrat from Detroit representing Michigan’s 13th District. She says that her choice to vote against the infrastructure package was about a failure of leadership in the House to keep its word to their most progressive members, including Tlaib.

“It was a promise that was made to move both bills together, because much of some of the poison pills in the infrastructure bill that increased dirty air issues around climate and some of the other privatization and fossil fuel language was combatted in Build Back Better,” she says.

“This was a deal to pass both bills together, and the deal was broken, which makes Build Back Better uncertain. People know why. People knew that the leverage that we had was the infrastructure bill.”

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