Biden open to splitting infrastructure plan into bipartisan and Democratic parts

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President Joe Biden is open to splitting his infrastructure proposal into separate parts and passing one through reconciliation in the Senate and another with bipartisan support.

The revelation came during White House press secretary Jen Psaki's Wednesday gaggle with reporters on board Air Force One and marks the furthest the administration has gone in terms of publicly endorsing the reconciliation process on infrastructure.

"Yes," she flatly responded when asked if the president supports passing part of the package through reconciliation. "I mean, the point is, it's moving on several paths, so even as we negotiate an infrastructure bill, right, portions of the American Jobs Plan are already moving forward on several fronts."

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"There are components of the president's proposals, including the extension of the child tax credit, making pre-K universal, making community college free, that are not a part of the negotiations now, so they would be natural components that would be added into a budget process," she continued.

Until Wednesday, the White House had danced around the idea of passing Biden's infrastructure plan through reconciliation. Psaki repeatedly told reporters in recent weeks that Biden prefers finding bipartisan compromise and that they are keeping all lines of communication open with Congressional lawmakers.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Tuesday morning that Democratic leadership is preparing to pass at least part of the president's infrastructure proposal through reconciliation. He spoke to Biden Tuesday evening about the bill markup, but a readout of the call provided by the White House did not outright mention the reconciliation process.

Still, the president and his administration have been adamant about the need to pass his proposals, which, given the Republican opposition in the Senate, would likely require Democrats to use reconciliation to advance legislation through the Senate.

However, some Democrats, including West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, have cautioned the administration against using reconciliation to pass such a proposal. The Senate parliamentarian has also indicated Democrats can only advance legislation through reconciliation once more this year.

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Tags: News, Jen Psaki, Joe Biden, White House, budget reconciliation, Chuck Schumer, Infrastructure

Original Author: Christian Datoc

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