Headline RoundupOctober 1st, 2021

House Delays Vote on $1.2T Infrastructure Bill

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A House of Representatives vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill was postponed Thursday night, as lawmakers continue to negotiate terms of President Joe Biden's larger $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package. Progressive Democrats have withheld support for the infrastructure bill unless Congress takes up the reconciliation bill, which covers "human infrastructure" and aims to bolster the country's social safety net. Some Centrist Democrats have opposed that bill's pricetag, and refuse to support it unless the price is reduced. The infrastructure vote was initially planned for Thursday but was delayed due to a lack of support from Democrats. Government funding for surface transportation programs ran out on Thursday, making an agreement on infrastructure funds vital. The House is scheduled to leave Washington D.C. for a two-week break at the end of this week.

Coverage was similar and prominent across the spectrum. Many reports framed a quick agreement on the bill as unlikely and focused on the feud between the Democratic party's centrist and progressive wings. Some coverage also suggested that Biden's agenda is in jeopardy if the bill isn't passed and Democrats remain divided. 

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