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The announcement delays the vote to Thursday, three days past the date that the speaker promised to a group of moderates in August.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi told her members that the vote will now take place Thursday, the same day that a slate of surface transportation programs expire. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

By SARAH FERRIS and HEATHER CAYGLE

09/26/2021 09:14 PM EDT

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday announced the House will vote Thursday on President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill, as Democratic leaders race to unify their fractious caucus ahead of a critical week.

Pelosi told her members Sunday night that the vote will now take place Thursday, the same day that a slate of surface transportation programs expire, rather than Monday as originally planned. Debate on the infrastructure legislation will still begin Monday, Pelosi said — the date she and a group of moderates had originally agreed upon in August.

Pelosi and her leadership team had signaled for days that the vote could slip past Monday, with dozens of progressives threatening to block it without action on Biden’s separate multitrillion-dollar policy bill. But moderates have fiercely resisted a delay much longer than 24 hours, vowing to ditch the party-line talks altogether if leadership broke the commitment.

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