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Biden meeting should make the cross-party infrastructure talks of the Senate – or break them off

It’s not yet clear whether Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will support the deal. Schumer and spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi also met with administrative officials on Wednesday evening. Schumer emphasized that the infrastructure plan is currently two-pronged: the first is bipartisan, while the second should contain policies that have no chance of Republican support.

People close to the group were optimistic that Biden would support the deal. But there has been very little transparency about what is in it, and the group has not released a detailed proposal and is still in need of drafting an extensive law.

And even if a firmer deal is reached after meeting Biden on Thursday, both heads of state and government will have to sell it to their members.

Progressives have insisted that they sign the bipartisan package only with the guarantee of a second infrastructure package that would include priorities like childcare. However, since the Senate is evenly divided, every Democrat in the Senate must approve the second bill.

Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), who is taking part in the bipartisan negotiations, has yet to say where he will support a package that was only passed with the support of the Democrats and uses the protection of the budget process to bypass a GOP filibuster .

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