At a news conference on Thursday with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that they cut a deal on a “framework” to help pay for their plan. But there was still no agreement on a price tag for the proposal, which progressives and the White House want set at $3.5 trillion but will almost certainly be pared back at the insistence of moderates.
“This is not about a price tag,” Pelosi said. “This is about what’s in the bill.”
Pelosi refused to say if the Monday would proceed.
“We take it one day at a time,” Pelosi said.
What Democratic leaders hope is that enough of an agreement will be reached within the Democratic caucus by Monday to convince progressives to send the infrastructure package to President Joe Biden’s desk. But it’s far from clear whether that approach can succeed.
The agreement that Democratic leaders announced only involved a handful of players. A senior Democratic aide said it was cut by House and Senate Democratic leaders, the chairs of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees. White House officials are meeting with key House and Senate moderates Thursday to talk about financing options.
“The White House, the House and the Senate have reached an agreement on a framework that will pay for any final negotiated agreement,” Schumer said. “So, the revenue side of this, we have an agreement on.”
Schumer later expanded on his announcement, telling reporters that “it’s a menu of options” that will pay for whatever the final agreement is on the Democrats’ sweeping social, economic package.
“I have no idea,” said Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders when asked about the agreement.
Paying for the proposal is only one of many issues Democrats face.
“What we said was the House, the Senate, and the White House came to an agreement on how we can go forward in a way to pay for this,” Pelosi said. “We wanted to make sure it was paid for.”
This story and headline have been updated to include additional developments Thursday.
CNN’s Morgan Rimmer, Jessica Dean and Lauren Fox contributed to this report.
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