Unclear exactly how much DM is willing to compromise
White House press secretary Jane Saki said Wednesday that the White House planned to negotiate with Republicans on President Biden’s infrastructure proposals, even as Democrats in Congress voted it through without a GOP vote. Ready to jam.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, Saki said the White House is in touch with Biden’s plan with Republicans in Congress and is open to incorporating GOP ideas into the bill.
“We’re welcoming ideas,” said Saki. “If Republicans have ideas, other Democrats have ideas on different ways to pay for this package, on different ways to achieve the goals, we’re very open to that. So I think that’s part of the process. There will also be a share. “
Psaki also said that the White House was “in contact with Congress,” Democrats and Republicans, “chairs and members of the rankings,” because this conversation is an important part of what we are doing. ”
Biden in Pittsburgh will officially unveil its massive $ 2.2 trillion infrastructure plan Wednesday, targeting bridges and roads, manufacturing, clean energy broadband, water, and lots of spending.
It is unclear how many – if any – Republicans would be prepared to get on board with such a large spending package, especially after Democrats were forced through budget reconciliation through Biden’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus spending plan. This process allowed him to sidestep the Senate filibuster and avoid compromising with Republicans.
It is also unclear how willing the Democrats of the White House and Congress Democrats will actually be to secure GOP votes for the package.
Biden held a meeting earlier this year with a group of liberal Republican senators on the coronovirus plan. Shortly afterwards, Saki issued a statement in which many people took a broad view against the senators’ proposal. It said that Biden “will not slow down work on this response to the crisis, and will not compromise for a package that has failed to materialize at this time.”
However, on Wednesday Psaki said that the infrastructure bill is not the same situation.
“Morning Joe.” “It’s a big job bill but we have a little more time to discuss, to discuss, to hear if people have better ideas on the proposals or how to pay for it.”
In the meantime, however, Democrats in Congress are preparing to pass the infrastructure package and perhaps several other laws through budget reconciliation. If they choose, Democrats can pass the resolution of the existing infrastructure through reconciliation. This would be the second of the two occasions he has to use reconciliation per Congress.
But they are in the process of arguing that months down the road, they can redo the reconciliation measures they have already passed and amend them with more items on Biden’s agenda, a compromise with all Republicans. Without doing.
It is possible that will be possible for the Senate MP. But it points to a possible disconnect between the messaging of the Biden administration and where Democrats in Congress are actually on the issue of collaborating with Republicans.
In addition, Punchbowl News reported Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, told her members this week that she wants to get Biden’s infrastructure plan through Congress by July. This means the House will try to insist through a $ 2.2 trillion bill that Congress has not started drafting in just three months.
If Democrats move forward with budget reconciliation, Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, passing the Biden Infrastructure Plan through DN.Y, are still faced with a delicate balancing act given their slim prominence in each chamber. Will be done.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. Said on Tuesday that Biden’s $ 2.2 trillion bill does not spend “nearly enough” money, noting that spending would be spread over nearly a decade.
But Liberal Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va, said earlier this month that he was very reluctant to withdraw an infrastructure bill that would have been specifically carried through reconciliation.
“I’m not ready to go into reconciliation unless we at least give bipartisanship, or work together, or allow the Senate to do its job. Just by assuming that ‘Hey, they’re with us Will never work … “Manchin said of an infrastructure bill on NBC,” subscribe to that. ” “Until the other process fails, there is no need for us to reconcile. This means the committee’s normal procedure, hearing, amendment.”
Granthshala News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.