Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie SandersBernie SandersCalifornians split over Newsom recall: pollOn The Money: Biden celebrates relief bill with Democratic leaders | Democrats debate fast-track for infrastructure packageHillicon Valley: Google slams Microsoft for ‘naked corporate opportunism’ | Sanders invites Bezos to testify at inequality hearing | AFL-CIO hits Rubio over union endorsementMORE (I-Vt.) said on Tuesday that he wants to use a fast-track process for infrastructure, appearing skeptical that the package could get enough GOP support to defeat a filibuster.
“What I have seen this year and in past years is that if we want to do something significant, it is very hard to get Republican support,” Sanders said.
“So the devil is of course in the details. If Republicans are prepared to support a significant and important piece of legislation that deals with climate change, deals with infrastructure, that’s great. My own feeling is at this point I doubt that that will be the case,” Sanders added.
Sanders said that it was too early to discuss one of the thorniest issues of the looming infrastructure debate, how to pay for it. But asked if he was intending to do reconciliation on an infrastructure package, he added: “Yes.”
Sanders as Budget Committee chairman is responsible for drafting the resolution that would include instructions for writing an infrastructure package under reconciliation the budget process that would let Democrats bypass the 60-vote legislative filibuster.
Democrats are leaving the door open to making the infrastructure package bipartisan, and there’s some pushback from centrists like Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDems’ momentum hits quagmire over infrastructure plansConservative group rips Toomey as ‘RINO,’ underscoring GOP’s shiftBiden planning first major tax hike in almost 30 years: reportMORE (D-W.Va.) for using reconciliation without a concentrated effort to craft a bill that could get 60 votes.
But Democrats are also under big pressure from their base to deliver, and are pledging that they will enact a “bold” agenda without or without Republicans.
Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHalf of New Yorkers say Cuomo shouldn’t immediately resign: pollStacey Abrams: ‘I don’t believe that it’s necessary to wholly eliminate the filibuster’ Cuomo biographer: ‘Predatory behavior’ has been ‘evident for years’MORE (D-N.Y.) hinted at the likely outcome in January when he told MSNBC that they would probably use it for Bidens Build Back Better Plan, the name for his infrastructure and jobs package.
And Sen. Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinDems’ momentum hits quagmire over infrastructure plansHuge fight looms over raising taxesCOVID-19 relief debate stalls in Senate amid Democratic dramaMORE (D-Ill.) who is on the committee responsible for crafting the bill and had talked about wanting bipartisan support was overheard Monday saying that Democrats are most likely going to have to use reconciliation.”