Schumer says Senate will move on Biden's infrastructure agenda in July

Schumer says Senate will move on Biden's infrastructure agenda in July
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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Schumer's moment to transform transit and deepen democracy Pelosi, Schumer vow climate action: 'It is an imperative' MORE (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that his plan is for the upper chamber to move a major infrastructure spending bill through the Senate in July, whether the legislation is bipartisan or not. 

When asked about what point he's willing to move ahead with the budget reconciliation process to pass President BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Former New York state Senate candidate charged in riot MORE’s American Jobs Plan, Schumer told reporters, “The bottom line is very simple, that it has always been our plan regardless of the vehicle to work on an infrastructure bill in July. And that’s our plan, to move forward in July.”

Infrastructure talks appeared to hit a wall last week when White House and Senate Republican negotiators revealed there is a $1.5 trillion gap between their ideal price tags for a bipartisan infrastructure bill. 

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Things became worse Monday when GOP senators said the White House staff appeared to be reining in Biden from striking a bipartisan deal, which prompted White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiWhy in the world are White House reporters being told to mask up again? Only two people cited by TSA for mask violations have agreed to pay fine Democrats ramp up pressure for infrastructure deal amid time crunch MORE to push back Tuesday.

"The counterproposal that our team put forward on Friday was approved by the president, was signed off by the president. Every single detail of that was directed by the president of the United States," Psaki told reporters Tuesday.

"He was in the Senate for 36 years, I can promise you he does not take a hands-off approach to legislating, negotiating and determining what kinds of counterproposals we should put forward."

A Senate Democratic aide told The Hill that White House and Senate GOP negotiators have another two to three weeks to hammer out a bipartisan deal before Schumer and House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE (D-Calif.) begin to look at moving an infrastructure package under budget reconciliation. The process would allow the legislation to pass the Senate with only Democratic votes.