The White House said on Friday there was “work ahead” on an infrastructure deal announced by President Joe Biden, but maintained the deal is not in danger as some Republicans voice concerns.
By announcing the bipartisan deal on Thursday, Biden embarked on a two-track strategy. He said he would not sign the PAVE infrastructure,
package unless a larger one reflecting its priorities is also adopted.
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“I expect that in the next few months, this summer, before the end of the fiscal year, we will have voted on this bill, the infrastructure bill, as well as the budget resolution. But if only one comes to me – it’s the only one that comes to me – I don’t sign it. It’s in tandem, ”he told reporters.
The budget process known as reconciliation allows a bill to pass without Republican votes. A separate bill could contain, among other things, the U.S. Plan for Biden Families, which focuses on national priorities such as education and child care.
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On Thursday evening, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Biden’s ultimatum “almost makes your head spin,” according to the Hill.
“An expression of bipartisanship and then an ultimatum on behalf of your left base,” said the Kentucky senator. Other GOP senators are also concerned about the content of the infrastructure plan and whether the proposed funding sources will really cover the cost of priority spending, Hill reported.
Informing reporters on Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the infrastructure deal was underway.
“There is work ahead of us. there is no doubt. But yesterday was an important moment when you saw Democrats and Republicans, as well as the President of the United States, stand out together and say that we have come to an agreement to work towards the passage of a historic investment. in infrastructure. ”
Psaki said Biden was going to “work like hell” to get both the infrastructure and larger packages signed. The time is up to Congress, she added.
Politico, citing Democratic leaders, reported that the deadline for getting both measures to Biden’s office is September 30.