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Biden doesn't take sides, touts infrastructure bill and reconciliation, as House Dems try to reach deal
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As Democrats enter a key phase of negotiations over the bipartisan infrastructure bill and their reconciliation package, the White House is circulating a memo touting the popularity of both plans, which add up to about $4.7 trillion in government spending.
"This week we can nail down two huge wins for the American people… with the Build Back Better Act and the bipartisan infrastructure deal," the memo says. "Poll after poll after poll are clear: the American people overwhelmingly support this agenda and want these to get done."
As negotiations in Congress over how to pass the two massive pieces of legislation at times descended into sniping among Democrats, the White House has tried to stay above the fray. Instead of siding with progressives who called for weeks for Congress to pass the reconciliation bill before touching infrastructure – or moderates who demanded the exact opposite – the White House hasn't opined and instead simply extolled the virtues of both.