Jayapal says progressives will reduce $  3.5T spending demand

We’re going to have to come down in our number,” Jayapal said Friday after leaving a meeting on Capitol Hill that included the House Democratic caucus and バイデン大統領. “We’re going to get to work and see what we can do.

Lawmakers who spoke after the meeting say Biden made it clear that the reconciliation bill and the infrastructure bill were linked together. But he told members they needed to come down from $ 3.5 trillion to closer to $ 2 trillion for the spending bill Democrats want to run under reconciliation, which allows passage by a majority vote.

INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL IN PERIL AFTER PELOSI GETS PLAYED BY PROGRESSIVES REFUSING TO BUDGE ON MEGA-SPENDING BILL

Jayapal said that Democrats will attempt to vote on the surface transportation bill on Friday night but will not vote on the infrastructure bill today.

Jayapal added that Biden, who left Capitol Hill after the meeting, 与えた “no timetableon when the bill would be voted on.

Before departing the Capitol, Biden said that itdoesn’t matter if it’s in six minutessix dayssix weeks…we will get it done

Fox News is told Democrats believe the purpose of the meeting was to bring down the temperature and the internal squabbling between both sides of the caucus.

The president told Democrats that they didn’t have the votes to pass the infrastructure bill yet. He said he had to work with Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, two moderates opposed to the $ 3.5 trillion spending bill price tag, but it would take time to get an agreement.

HARRIS ‘OPTIMISTIC’ HOUSE WILL PASS $ 1 TRILLION BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE BILL

下院議長ナンシーペロシ 持っていました 以前 assured the public that a vote on a separate $ 1 trillion infrastructure package would happen by the end of the week.

Many progressive members walked away saying they feel “すごい” that the president sided with them, agreeing that votes on the two bills must be linked. Moderate members were feeling a little defeated that the president did not try to rally support for a vote on infrastructure today.

Pelosi had said a vote on the infrastructure bill would come Friday. “We’re not trillions apart,” she said at 12:01 a.m Friday morning. “There’ll be a vote today.

Pelosi said the bill would pass, vowing Sunday to never bringa bill to the floor that doesn’t have the votes.But her initial attempt to get the bill to the floor for a vote was thwarted Thursday after progressives warned her thata majority of our members will only vote for the infrastructure bill after the President’s visionary Build Back Better Act passes.”

Progressives followed through on their longstanding threats that they will hold up the $ 1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill without a simultaneous vote on the sweeping $ 3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.

Biden did not ask Democrats to vote on Friday.

The feud now threatens two of Biden’s top legislative priorities as the divide within the Democratic Party deepens and the progressives’ power increases.

Fox News’ Emma Colton, Chad Pergram, Hillary Vaughn, and Jacqui Heinrich contributed to this report

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