House Democrats empty bipartisan infrastructure negotiations in private call: Report
Some House Democrats expressed their displeasure with bipartisan infrastructure talks in the Senate on Monday during a private phone call — underlining divisions within the party just days before a procedural vote scheduled for Wednesday.
Politico, citing three sources on the call, mentioned That conversation was described as “fiery”.
Representative Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon, who was on the call, seemed relieved that negotiations were sluggish. “Everything falling apart is probably the best thing,” he said.
Rep. Salud Carvajal, D-Calif., told Politico that he was also on the call and said, “The whole process sounded like [bulls—]. “
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is pressing lawmakers to reach agreement this week on a pair of massive domestic spending measures, signaling Democrats’ desire to aggressively advance President Biden’s multibillion-dollar agenda.
Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, expressed her gratitude for Schumer’s efforts in a tweet late Monday, crediting him with pressing “progress in the Senate on bipartisan legislation that will rebuild our nation’s infrastructure.”
Schumer hopes to pass a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill and $3.5 trillion budget resolution that will only get Democrats to support. The specifics of the 10-year decision have not been settled. The bill aims to tackle climate change, education, and expand Medicare.
If you include the two plans, Schumer said, you’ll get “$4.1 trillion, which is very, very close to what President Biden asked us.”
The Politico report noted that while Biden endorsed the infrastructure framework, some House Democrats accused the president of taking them out of these discussions with Republicans.
Schumer hopes to secure a deal before the August holiday. On Sunday, Senator Rob Portman of Ohio called Schumer’s push an “arbitrary deadline.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report