Officials, legislators express optimism that infrastructure, voting spending is close

Its. Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Progressives fear compromise could jeopardize midterm hopes Sunday shows progress: Frustration mounts as infrastructure talks hit reverse Democrats seek adjustments to .75T framework MORE (I-Vt.) He said Sunday that he spent the weekend negotiating a deal with Democrats to once again include lowering prescription drug prices in a social spending framework, a sign that the party is still crafting important provisions days before Democratic lawmakers hope to attempt another vote on the matter.

House Democrats see Tuesday as the day to pass a bill on the framework and a bipartisan infrastructure measure. House Democratic leaders told committees that they had to finish any changes to the spending bill by Sunday and that the House Rules committee could meet as early as Monday to mark the reduced package of 1.7 trillion dollars.

Sanders, chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, told the host Dana bashDana Bash 12:30 PM Report from The Hill – Presented by Altria – White House Addresses How to Vaccinate Children Over 5 Years Old Manchin Sets Child Tax Credit Lawsuits: Cassidy Report Says Won’t Vote for Trump if Runs in 2024 PLUS on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he and other Democrats are working this weekend to “Strengthen” the social spending package and adding provisions that help reduce the cost of prescription drugs, after such initiatives fell outside the White House framework last week due to internal disagreements between moderates and progressives.

He said the goal of adding a prescription drug pricing plan to the bill “is not an easy thing,” but stressed the importance of reducing costs.

Other Democrats reportedly agree. According to reports from Political, a group of Congressional Democrats and White House officials met this weekend to draft a prescription drug proposal to be added to the reconciliation package.

Top officials in the Biden administration spent Sunday touting progress and expressing optimism despite ongoing negotiations.

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 told the host George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert Stephanopoulos CDC Director Urges Americans To Get Out, ‘Enjoy Your Trick Or Treat’ Rand Paul Calls For Fauci To Fire For ‘Lack Of Judgment’ Fauci Says Vaccines May Be Available To Children By Early November MORE on ABC’s “This Week” that the negotiators are “The closest we’ve ever been” to pass the infrastructure bill and the reconciliation package.

He said the administration is “very optimistic” that the laws will have the votes to pass this week, and said that Biden published the framework last week “because he believes that the House and Senate will pass and it may reach his desk.” . “

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 made one more pitch to Democratic lawmakers for the spending package on Thursday after posting the draft bill in hopes of solidifying a deal before boarding Air Force One and flying to Europe to attend the G20 summit and the COP26. That goal, however, was blocked by progressives when they again refused to commit to a deal before completely revising the legislative text of the bill.

Secretary of Energy Jennifer granholmJennifer Granholm Sunday shows progress: Frustration increases as infrastructure talks hit Biden’s setback and stumped McAuliffe in a test of his electoral brand Republican turn on Biden is misplaced MORE Sunday characterized the last-minute trip to the Capitol as a victory, signaling progressives’ verbal support for the framework.

“What happened is that the progressives came out unanimously supporting what was in the framework… they had to look at the language, which was unveiled on Friday. And now you can say: you can go to the COP, to Glasgow, and say that you have 100% unanimity in the Caucus and the Democratic House. And that’s really bringing people together on this agenda, ”Granholm told the host. Chuck toddCharles (Chuck) David Todd Glasgow summit raises the stakes for Biden deal Arkansas governor backs employers’ vaccination mandates Paid family leave ‘is not a vacation,’ says Buttigieg MORE on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

However, the energy secretary noted that more can be done to address prescription drug prices and paid family leave, which was also removed from the framework, Todd told. “The fight is not over.”

She suggested that some Republicans might be willing to participate in a separate paid family leave initiative if it is not included in the final version of the spending package.

Despite optimism, the text of the reconciliation package, which currently stands at $ 1.75 trillion, according to the White House framework, is still being finalized.

There is also the question of getting all Senate Democrats involved. Moderate 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 Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten Sinema Progressives fear compromise could jeopardize midterm hopes Sunday preview shows: frustration mounts as infrastructure talks hit backwards Healthcare overnight – Presented by Altria – Kids small one step closer to the vaccine MORE (D-Ariz.), Those who have delayed negotiations for weeks, have has not yet expressed support for the White House reconciliation framework, although they looked positive last week.

On the House side, progressives are sticking to their promise not to vote on the infrastructure bill unless it is accompanied by the reconciliation package. But before leaving the chamber on Thursday, progressives lowered the bar to move the social spending package despite a series of negotiations still underway within the “family benefits package.”

“I don’t think it will take that long,” rep. Pramila JayapalPramila Jayapal Infrastructure setback frustrates Democrats approaching victory in social spending package Democrats seek adjustments to .75T framework Progressives see vote on infrastructure next week MORE (D-Wash.), Chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said as lawmakers headed home late last week.

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