Thursday, June 30th, 2022

The effort underway is to find some kind of a framework

White House officials are meeting in Schumer’s office along with Sanders and Sinema
From CNN’s Manu Raju, Lauren Fox and Ali Zaslav

White House officials have gone into Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office as efforts continue to try and cement a way forward on infrastructure and Biden’s wider economic package, the Build Back Better plan.

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema, a key moderate, and Bernie Sanders are also inside Schumer’s officer. White House aides Susan Rice and Brian Deese declined to answer questions on how discussions are going as they walked over.

Before going to the meeting, Sinema met with Sen. Joe Manchin, another key moderate, in the basement of the Capitol for roughly 45 minutes this evening.

The effort underway is to find some kind of a framework at a time when progressives are demanding more answers on what moderates want.

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The Progressive Caucus is meeting at 9 p.m. ET tonight
From CNN’s Annie Grayer

The Progressive Caucus will have a Zoom meeting at 9 p.m. ET, a source familiar with the meeting tells CNN.

House members were told that the earliest votes could happen was 9 p.m. ET but no votes have been announced officially yet.

Ahead of the meeting, Progressive Caucus Chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal reiterated to Anderson Cooper tonight on AC360, “If I had to bet I would say there’s not gonna be a vote tonight”

“Right now there are not the votes, there is no pressure coming from the speaker to this because she understands, this is — as she said, this is for the children. She wants this build back better agenda just like the President does and just like 96% of Democrats do,” she said when asked if she thought she and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were on the same page at this moment.
Anderson asked Jayapal flat-out if she thought Pelosi would bring a floor vote tonight, and she said, “I don’t think so Anderson, of course anything could change but even if she does there just aren’t the votes there and you know the speaker, he does not bring a vote to the floor that’s gonna fail.”

Jayapal also said, “..there is no deal on the table. Remember, this has to be a bill that not only Manchin and Sinema agree to, but that all of us in the House will agree to.”

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