House Democrats meet as leaders race to secure agreement on Biden’s priorities

Those centrists want the bipartisan infrastructure bill to pass the House, but they are less interested in a blanket spending package that could cost as much as $ 3.5 trillion. Meanwhile, progressives in the House of Representatives threaten to curb infrastructure legislation without certain guarantees in the multi-million dollar social safety net bill that would reform policies on child care, healthcare and climate change.

“The resolution is not here in this caucus, the resolution is with two senators and the rest of the 98 percent of the Democratic Caucus,” Jayapal said, noting that he has been in contact with the White House “several times” since last night.

“I am very confident that we will be able to offer both, but you will have to give us some time because it takes time to put together these kinds of transformative investments.”

While senior Democrats say they are moving forward in talks, the framework remains unfinished and lawmakers are unlikely to see a final upper line at their caucus meeting, according to multiple sources.

The impasse has left a signature element of President Joe Biden’s agenda in limbo and is exposing divisions among Democrats over the scale and scope of his agenda.

“We are on the way” to have a vote on Friday, Pelosi said as she entered the Capitol on Friday morning, though she told reporters it would be “helpful for us to have a conversation later today.”

But when House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was asked if a vote was to be held on Friday, he said, “We’ll see.”

Pelosi and Democratic leaders rejected a vote scheduled for Thursday on infrastructure legislation as negotiations with Senate moderates continued. Democratic leaders had hoped to reach a deal that would cost a total of $ 2.1 trillion, but Manchin remains firm on his top line of $ 1.5 trillion, less than half of what progressives want on the project. final law.

Progressives have stood firm in their demand for a vote on the social spending bill before infrastructure legislation. They have repeatedly warned that they will sink the infrastructure bill if it hits the ground before the social spending bill.

“We need a vote” rather than a framework agreement, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) said as she entered the caucus meeting.

The failure to pass an infrastructure bill on Thursday also temporarily puts highway and transit funding into a shake, as that day was the deadline to renew surface transportation programs. Transportation Department employees could face licensing if the programs are not reauthorized, although lawmakers have discussed a temporary extension of the programs that could quickly pass through both houses.

However, Democrats still hope they can agree on the broader framework on Friday and then pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill. Its objective is to reach an agreement on the total cost of the legislation and some of its main provisions.

Pelosi, for her part, said the House would vote on the bill on Friday when it left the Capitol building shortly after midnight. “There will be a vote today,” he said.

Party leaders used a procedural maneuver to avoid starting a new legislative day, a nod to moderates who wanted a vote Thursday on the legislation.

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