Senior White House adviser says Biden 'expects to get' both infrastructure and reconciliation bills

Senior White House adviser says Biden 'expects to get' both infrastructure and reconciliation bills
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Senior White House adviser Cedric RichmondCedric RichmondBiden should seek some ideological diversity Biden says 'consumer spending has recovered' to pre-pandemic levels Build Back Better is a 21st century New Deal MORE on Sunday expressed confidence about passing both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the larger reconciliation package, saying, "We know what we're doing."

Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Richmond made assurances that the Biden administration is not "not concerned with process."

"We're concerned about delivering," he stated. Richmond also said that President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE "wants both bills and he expects to get both bills."

Last week, the Democratic caucus failed to bring the bipartisan infrastructure bill up for a vote, resulting in a new deadline of Oct. 31 being set by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPress: GOP freak show: Who's in charge? Democrats seek to avoid internal disputes over Russia and China Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' MORE (D-Calif.). Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinMinimum tax proposal drives wedge between corporate interests Schumer steps on the gas to move Biden agenda Overnight Health Care — Biden touts drug price push MORE (D-W.Va.) also announced on Thursday that he would not support any reconciliation bill over $1.5 trillion, enraging progressives.

"Fox News Sunday" host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceMurthy calls for people to be 'more vigilant' on omicron, but not to panic Ernst on Russian buildup on Ukraine border: 'We must prepare for the worst' Fauci to appear on Fox Business Friday for rare interview on the network MORE asked Richmond what he thought of Manchin's opposition to the social spending bill, which Democrats hope to pass without Republican support through the reconciliation process, noting the senator called it "fiscal insanity."

"Well, I won't say that Sen. Manchin is wrong, but I will say that this administration, we know what we need to do, we need to deliver for the American people," said Richmond. "We think we have unity of purpose with Sen. Manchin. That's what the president does best, and that is to talk to Sen. Manchin and make sure that he understands the entire vision why we need to do it."

When Richmond asserted that the reconciliation bill would cost "zero," Wallace shot back, arguing that even if the funds are derived from higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy, that would still be a cost to be considered.

"At the end of the day it will cost zero because we're gonna pay for it," said Richmond. "Now if you go back and look at the Trump tax cuts, which weren't paid for, they cost billions and billions. But we're going to pay for everything we spend here and that is not including the economic benefits and gains that we will get from it, but we know what we're doing."