Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer informed his Democratic colleagues in a letter Friday that the chamber may work until August to approve two infrastructure bills, one of which is bipartisan and the other of which has just his party’s backing.
Last month, moderate Democrats and Republicans worked together a $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan that addressed high-priority brick-and-mortar issues but omitted climate change legislation and other progressive demands.
The Democratic bill would need to pass through the budget resolution process to escape a Republican Senate filibuster. It would include money for childcare and healthcare along with climate initiatives.
“My intention for this work period is for the Senate to consider both the bipartisan infrastructure legislation and a budget resolution with reconciliation instructions, which is the first step for passing legislation through the reconciliation process,” Schumer said in the letter, according to CNBC.
While Democrats have the necessary 50 votes plus the tie-breaker with Vice President Kamala Harris to approve the budget resolution package, it is uncertain whether they will be able to keep their party together.
The plan would have to satisfy both progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who wants a substantial package, and moderates like Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who wants it done without deficit spending.
“Senators should be prepared for the possibility of working long nights, weekends and remaining in Washington into the previously scheduled August state work period,” Schumer warned.
The Senate will be on break from August 9 to September 10.