WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-S.F.) said Sunday Democrats are planning to have an “agreement” on a framework for President Joe Biden’s sweeping social safety net plan and a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the next week.
“That’s the plan,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
Asked if they’ll have a deal on Democrats’ spending bill by the time Biden leaves for Europe later this week, Pelosi said, “I think we’re pretty much there now.”
“We’re almost there. It’s just the language of it but it will not offend, shall we say, the concern that Sen. (Joe) Manchin had about the (Clean Electricity Performance Program) but, nonetheless, the point is to reach a goal,” she said.
Pelosi expressed optimism that the particulars of the bill will be finalized during a Sunday morning meeting among Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Manchin, who has been one of two key holdouts on the package, at the president’s home in Delaware.
She again stressed that Congress needs to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill by Oct. 31 before an extension of funding for surface transportation expires. “We have to get billions of dollars someplace to continue that,” she said.
Pelosi also said that potential ways to pay for the Democrats’ social safety net bill could include a billionaires’ tax and IRS tax enforcement, now that corporate tax rate increases won’t be considered because of Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s objection to them.
“This is a Senate proposal and they’re supposedly writing it today; tomorrow they would introduce it,” she said specifically about the tax proposal part of the reconciliation bill.
Pelosi deputy chief of staff and spokesperson Drew Hammill quickly clarified that Pelosi meant only the tax proposal is being advanced in the Senate in a tweet sent during Pelosi’s on-air interview.
Responding to Pelosi’s comments, California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) told Fox News Sunday that reaching an agreement on the spending bill’s framework would satisfy him even if bill text wasn’t written by the end of the week.
“Well the details matter. My view is that the President’s word saying, ‘I have the commitment of 50 senators and those 50 senators are going to vote for this bill and here are the details,’ that that’s good enough,” Rep. Khanna said, adding, “If the president gives his word and has a clear commitment, that will be good enough.”
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