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There are just four days until Democrats' tentative deadline to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the House, and moderates and progressives are still in a standoff over what to send to President Biden's desk and when.
Democratic leadership, along with rank-and-file members of both wings of the party, met with Biden on Wednesday. And despite praise for the president's dedication to a deal, it doesn't appear they are any closer to agreements on what to include in the reconciliation bill or whether the infrastructure bill should pass next week.
"I reiterated what I have consistently said: progressives will vote for both bills because we proudly support the President’s entire Build Back Better package, but that a majority of our 96-member caucus will only vote for the small infrastructure bill after the Build Back Better Act passes," Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said after her meeting with the president.
"I hope that out of that will come the firm understanding that both pieces of legislation, which together are transformational I think for the American people, have got to go together," Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said Wednesday just ahead of his meeting with the president.