A Happy Jayapal: Biden Fully Endorsed Two-Track Plan
Jayapal told reporters after the meeting with President Biden that he fully endorsed keeping the bipartisan infrastructure plan and reconciliation package linked.
Look, he said I support the BIF entirely and if I could do it right now I would, but we need to get this reconciliation bill and you know its gonna be tough, like were gonna have to come down in our number and were gonna have to do that work,' she said.
The President said were gonna get both bills done and in order to get BIF done, we have to get this agreement on the reconciliation bill, she added.
Rep. Chuy Garcia (D-IL) told reporters that he feels great after the meeting with Biden, adding that the progressive message all along has been to uphold Bidens plan. He said that the President did not push for a BIF vote today or over the weekend, but did warn the group that theyd likely have to come down from $3.5 trillion on reconciliation.
KATE RIGA 5:09 p.m.
I realize that the labeling conventions for elected Democrats are arbitrary and change over time, but how does the 47th most conservative member of the entire Senate get labelled as a "moderate Democrat'?
The progressive leader told Meet the Press that she talked to Sinema about infrastructure last weekend.
I do think shes very engaged, Jayapal said. I know she cares about climate, and I know she cares about some of these other things.
The Democrat said that shes going to assume the best of Sinema and Manchin and say that we need both of them.
Just like we need every single member of the House, Jayapal added, noting that her chamber only has a three-vote majority.
since (edit added: almost) ZERO House Republicans are going to vote for it?
It's a bill that will do a lot of good and it's time we Democrats take more credit for it.
It's one of the two bills that are the foundation of President Biden's "Build Back Better" plan and the ONLY thing Republicans have contributed to it are cuts.
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But over the years that standard has eroded to the point if you get a handful of the opposing party to support a bill it gets labelled "bipartisan", but it's actually not.
This is a silent "Thank You" thread for Senator Joe Manchin for announcing today that he could support a 1.5T Reconciliation Bill.
Scheduling votes that end up being cancelled, Democratic Senators opening thumbing their noses at the President's request for information on their demands, a small, and it is small, group of Democrats blocking the President's agenda -- it all should be stopped.
Negotiate privately and reach a damn consensus on BOTH bills before any more votes are scheduled.
We are not doing our party nor the country any favor by being so frustrated and seemingly ineffective in the public eye.
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Just to avoid people retreating to entrenched positions as we have all seen this past week.
Often a frank and free exchange is expediated by doing it privately. But of course all results should be made public and positions can and should be aired once private negotiations are concluded, one way or the other.
Just wondering out loud...
A Non-Progressive In The House Is A No On BIF Without Reconciliation First
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) put out a statement Wednesday saying that Congress cannot move on the bipartisan infrastructure bill without a clear path forward in the Senate on the reconciliation package.
Failure to act will condemn the United States to to become a weaker, sicker and poorer America, he wrote. The most catastrophic damages will fall upon our kids. For our economy, our community and our future, we must pass the Build Back Better Act.
Read his full statement here:
Another Crucial Deadline: The Congressional Baseball Game
Theres a congressional baseball game at around 7 p.m. ET tonight, and naturally this whole trying to keep the government from collapsing thing will have to find a way to work around that.
No, really. Senate Minority Whip John Thune (R-SD) told reporters that the chamber might vote on a short-term funding bill tonight or maybe late afternoon, we got the congressional baseball game. Then he said the vote probably gets pushed to tomorrow.
So much for priorities...
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