Democratic leaders are pursuing a dual track approach to infrastructure, pushing for a bipartisan bill while also setting the stage for the Senate to pass a package that would only require Democratic votes and would include priorities left out of the deal.
Nel processo, party leaders have had to balance competing demands from progressives who are more focused on advancing a robust reconciliation package, and moderates more focused on finding common ground in a bipartisan approach.
Pelosi’s stance has earned her praise from progressives
, but Republicans have called for her to walk back the comments and some moderate Democrats have expressed unease over the approach
, worrying that tying the two efforts together could put both in jeopardy
Durante il fine settimana, Presidente Joe Biden attempted to walk back earlier remarks when he said he wouldn’t sign a bipartisan bill on infrastructure unless it came paired with a reconciliation proposal
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday that Biden “appropriately delinked” the two issues, but went on to say that Biden must ensure that Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer follow his lead or else “President Biden’s walk-back of his veto threat would be a hollow gesture.”
Pelosi allies and members of leadership, nel frattempo, say the strategy will end up working out, arguing that the two timelines are more aligned than it seems, since both the bipartisan deal and the reconciliation proposal will take months to sort out — and likely wouldn’t see final passage until September anyway.