“I’m letting the President have those conversations,” Jayapal said Monday, when asked if she was negotiating with Manchin to get him closer to a deal. “The President came to the caucus and assured us that he would get 51 votes in the Senate for this deal that he has been negotiating with Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema.”
Jayapal admitted that she has backed off of her position on the Senate as negotiations have worn on
: “We had called for a Senate vote some time ago
, but we backed off of that position in deference to the President and with trust in the two senators and the rest of the Senate.
“And we now have said that we will vote for both bills in the House together. And that’s what we’re going to do. That’s what we are ready to do,” ella dijo.
Inicialmente, Jayapal and House progressives had called for the Senate to vote on the social safety net bill before it even got a vote in the House
. Then Jayapal softened to say she just needed the social safety net and infrastructure bills to move together in the House
, plus clear agreements from Manchin and Sinema that they would support the social safety net legislation
When asked about Manchin’s comments Monday, Jayapal said she doesn’t think the President “has misread this” and that she thinks “he and the White House team have been in very close touch with both senators.”
A few pieces of the social safety net bill need to be ironed out before the bill is ready for a vote, ella dijo, pointing to immigration provisions, prescription drug pricing and the details of child care implementation.
“As soon as those get finalized, sí, I believe we will have the votes to pass both the infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better act through the House,” Jayapal said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters later Monday that Manchin’s statements do not change vote timing in the House, diciendo, “We’re on our course.”
Asked if she was confident that all progressives were on board to vote for both bills, the California Democrat told reporters, “You’ll have to ask them.”
House Democratic leaders are considering putting the social spending and infrastructure bills on the floor as soon as Wednesday night or Thursday for the final votes, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Although there is still a possibility that timing could slip.