Federal Relations

September 29, 2021

Negotiations Still Continue on Infrastructure, Reconciliation Packages

Even with the deadline to keep the government open past Thursday quickly approaching, furious negotiations are still taking place among Democrats over both the infrastructure and budget reconciliation packages.  Thursday is also the day when the House is scheduled to vote on the Senate-passed infrastructure bill.  Whether that deadline– set by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)– is met is becoming more uncertain.

Even as President Biden met with moderate Democrats Kyrsten Sinema (AZ) and Joe Manchin (WV) about their concerns about the $3.5-trillion reconciliation package, House progressives reiterated their opposition to voting for the infrastructure package this week without a guarantee that a reconciliation package would also move.  Among the concerns of the progressive group and their allies is that neither Senator has indicated how large a reconciliation package they would support, if at all.

Read more about the negotiations here and here.