Some House Democrats expressed dismay at the bipartisan Senate infrastructure talks on Monday in a private phone call – further highlighting divisions within the party just days before a procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday.
Politico, citing three sources on the call, reported that the conversation was described as “heated”.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, who was on call, seemed reassured that the negotiations were limping along. He said that “anything that collapses is probably the best thing.”
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Representative Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., Told Politico he was also on the call and said “the whole process seemed to be [bulls—]. “
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pressuring lawmakers to reach agreement this week on the pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats’ desire to aggressively push forward the multibillion-dollar agenda of President Biden’s dollars.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, expressed gratitude for Schumer’s efforts in a Monday night tweet, crediting him for pushing “for progress in the Senate on bipartisan legislation that will rebuild infrastructure of our country”.
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Schumer hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill, which comes with a $ 1.2 trillion price tag and a $ 3.5 trillion budget resolution that will only receive support from Democrats. The specific details of the 10-year resolution have not been ironed out. The bill aims to combat climate change, education and the expansion of medicare.
Schumer said that if you include the two plans, you get “$ 4.1 trillion, which is very, very close to what President Biden asked of us.”
The Politico report pointed out that while Biden approved the infrastructure framework, some House Democrats accused the president of excluding them from these talks with Republicans.
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Schumer hopes to land a deal before the August break. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, called Schumer’s push on Sunday an “arbitrary delay.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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