“It doesn’t matter if it’s six minutes, a day, or six weeks — we’re going to get it done,” Biden told reporters after leaving the meeting without a consensus.
- Moments earlier, Biden had told Democrats to turn their attention to striking a compromise deal on the larger bill, which they could pass without Republicans through reconciliation, rather than pressuring progressives to vote for the infrastructure bill immediately charting a new course for Congressional leaders.
- The new plan was acknowledgement that the infrastructure bill “ain’t going to happen until we reach an agreement on the next piece of legislation,” he said. That means it will have to come down from the $3.5 trillion on the table now.
- Centrist Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are key hurdles to Democrats passing both bills.
- They object to the cost of the reconciliation bill and some of its contents, and Manchin has proposed a $1.5 trillion top line as an alternative.
- Democrats need both senators’ votes to pass the bill through the evenly divided Senate.