Secretary of Transportation Pete buttigiegPete ButtigiegSunday Shows Progress: Frustration Mounts As Infrastructure Talks Hit Upside Down US Car Accident Deaths Rise 18 Percent In First Half Of 2021 The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By Facebook – Biden, Democrats move closer to legislative settlement MORE said Sunday that Biden administration officials and Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill are “the closest we’ve ever come” to passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill and a massive social spending package as negotiators seek to finalize a deal. this week.
When asked by ABC “This Week” host George Stephanoloulos how he can be optimistic the measures will pass when Sens. Joe manchinJoe Manchin Progressives fear compromise could jeopardize midterm hopes Sunday shows progress: Frustration mounts as infrastructure talks hit a setback Democrats could pass infrastructure and spending bills by Tuesday PLUS (DW.Va.) and Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.) Have yet to express their support for the larger package framework, Buttigieg said. President BidenJoe Biden Trump’s lawyer blamed Pence for causing attack on Capitol: Report that Biden receives communion in Rome Protesters march for climate action in Rome amid G-20 summit MORE trusts that it will happen after the discussions with progressives and moderates of the party.
“We are the closest we have ever been and the president presented this framework having spoken with them and with others in the moderate and progressive wings of our party, confident that it will pass,” Buttigieg said.
The transportation secretary said the administration is “very optimistic” that the packages will have the votes to pass this week.
“The president advanced this framework because he believes that it will go through the House and the Senate and can reach his desk. And as soon as it does, it will make a huge difference in the lives of Americans, ”he added.
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Buttigieg’s comments come after the Democratic leadership last Thursday voted on the bipartisan infrastructure bill after progressives refused to weigh in on the legislation because they were still reviewing the recently released framework of the broader reconciliation package.
Progressives have been adamant in their demand that the two bills pass together.
The negotiations had stalled in large part because of Manchin and Sinema, who said they would not support the original price of $ 3.5 trillion in the reconciliation package.
The two moderates made positive comments on the $ 1.75 trillion framework last week, but have yet to offer their endorsement.
A Democratic leadership aide told The Hill on Saturday that the caucus is seeking to approve both packages on Tuesday, culminating months of contentious negotiations over a key part of Biden’s agenda.