Fight for a Bipartisanship Infrastructure deal
By: Evan Devoe
Democrats are ready to take the partisan route on Infrastructure and pass it through reconciliation. Infrastructure discussion between the White House and Senator Shelly Moore Capito is expected to dominate tomorrow, and this week.
“This has got to be done soon, without putting a specific date on it,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told CNN’s Jake Tapper On State of the Union. “The President still has hope, Joe Manchin still has hope but I can tell you the house will begin markup on Wednesday.”
Some Democratic lawmakers are ready to pass Infrastructure without GOP support. “The President doesn’t agree,” said Commerce Sec. Raimondo On ABC’s This week to George Stephanopoulos. On the importance to strike a bipartisanship deal this week. “There’s no hardwired deadline we are doing the work of legislating.”
Last Thursday Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg said “Clear direction” on infrastructure by June 7. The Republicans counteroffer last Friday. “Really did not meet the President’s agenda for what we need to do for a generation investment.” Said: Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg, on CBS Face The Nation. “Still lots of daylight between us and our Republican friends.”
The White House sees Inaction as not an option for an infrastructure deal.