President Biden spoke with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday about moving forward with the budget reconciliation process as a potential pathway to get his $2.25 trillion infrastructure proposal passed this summer, the White House said.
The phone call came as bipartisan infrastructure negotiations between Biden and a group of Republicans led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) collapsed after both sides failed to come together on an agreement. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement that Biden spoke with Schumer to “discuss the need to commence work on the budget resolution process so that legislation to advance the President’s economic priorities and tax reform plans could move to the Senate floor in July.”
“The President is committed to moving his economic legislation through Congress this summer, and is pursuing multiple paths to get this done,” Psaki said. While Biden has not committed to passing his infrastructure proposal using budget reconciliation – which would allow Democrats to approve his plans without Republican support – the statement suggested he is inching closer to doing so as bipartisan negotiations falter. Democrats used the same process to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill in March without a single GOP vote [The Hill].
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