Schumer indicates Dems planning to go reconciliation on infrastructure. I asked him if he had confidence in Sinema-Portman talks. He noted they are “pursuing” reconciliation along with bipartisans talks. “That’s not going to be the only answer,” he said of bipartisan effort
Schumer: “We’re pursuing, a 2-path proposal. On the one hand there’s bipartisan negotiations, and those are continuing, the first were between President Biden and Senator Capito with just Republicans. Those seem to be running into a brick wall.”
Schumer: “But a bipartisan group … is trying to put something together that might be closer to what the President needs. And so we’re – that’s good – but that’s not going to be the only answer.”
Schumer: “We are pursuing the pursuit of reconciliation…. And it may well be that part of the bill that’ll pass will be bipartisan, and part of it will be through reconciliation, but we’re not gonna sacrifice the bigness and boldness in this bill.”

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