Schumer sets one-month goal for passing two spending bills

Schumer sets one-month goal for passing two spending bills
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Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Schumer mourns death of 'amazing' father Feehery: The honest contrarian MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday said he hopes to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill and a reconciliation package in the next month, setting another target date for Congress to approve two pieces of legislation central to President BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE’s domestic agenda after a failed attempt last week.

Schumer, during a press conference in New York City on Sunday, said he believes Congress is on track to pass the pair of bills.

“We’re trying to pass some of the most significant legislation to help working families — throughout New York and around the country — that’s been done since Franklin D. Roosevelt,” Schumer said.

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“It takes a little time. I believe we’re on track to pass both the bipartisan infrastructure bill as well as the reconciliation build back better bill, and our goal is to get both bills done in the next month,” he added.

Schumer’s deadline for passage of the bills matches that of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNews media's sausage-making obsession helps no one Klobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (D-Calif.), who announced on Saturday that she wants to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by Oct. 31, when the 30-day reauthorization of highway funding expires.

Pelosi said the House “must” pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill “well before” Oct. 31, adding “the sooner the better, to get the jobs out there.”

The new timeline comes after progressives and moderates failed to break their stalemate over the two pieces of legislation last week.

House progressives refused to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill — which the Senate approved in August — because there was no deal on the Democrats' larger reconciliation package.

Democratic leaders over the summer had vowed to keep the two pieces of legislation linked together.

The reconciliation package, however, is still being negotiated because some moderates — namely Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinKlobuchar confident spending bill will be finished before Christmas Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaDemocratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Key senators to watch on Democrats' social spending bill Pragmatic bipartisanship – not hard left intolerance – is Democrats' surest path back to power MORE (D-Ariz.) — have said they will not support a package with the current $3.5 trillion price tag. Manchin said last week he won't go higher than $1.5 trillion. 

Biden huddled with House Democrats in the Capitol on Friday to discuss the differences between the two wings of the party.

Neither side showed a willingness to concede in their requests last week, causing the Sept. 27 vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill to be delayed to Thursday, then Friday, then postponed indefinitely.

The delay angered moderates, who were pushing for the bill to be approved last week.