President Joe Biden told Congressional Democrats that he wanted an agreement on the provisions of the reconciliation bill and to sign the infrastructure bill before he leaves for an international trip on Thursday. However, it looks as though that may be a problem as moderate and progressive Democrats continue to butt heads.
“Here’s the thing,” Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) said. “The president looked at us in the eye and he said, ‘I need this before I go represent the United States in Glasgow.”
On Tuesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said they could be “hours” away from a deal, although one did not come. “We’re not doing everything today,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA.) said Wednesday.
“It’s the effing progressives,” one moderate Democrat reportedly told Fox News.
However, progressive Rep. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) blamed the moderates.
“It seems to me almost every sensible progressive revenue option that the President wants, that the American people want, that I want, seems to be sabotaged,” Sanders said.