Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday said lawmakers may stay in session through the weekend to finish a bill on infrastructure, as pressure was mounting on Washington to show progress on one of President Joe Biden’s top priorities.
Schumer, a New York Democrat, said he’s “fully committed” to passing a bipartisan bill to upgrade roads, bridges and other infrastructure
Roadblocks remain for a deal, as the Associated Press reported, with disputes surfacing over how much money should go to public transit and water projects. Other disagreements — over spending and wage requirements for highways, for example — also remain unresolved, the AP wrote.
“It’s time for everyone to get to yes,” Schumer said in remarks on the Senate floor.
Earlier Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration was confident about reaching a deal and that the president “worked the phones all weekend.”
Last week, a procedural vote on the $1 trillion infrastructure plan failed in the Senate, as Republicans sought more time to negotiate on the public-works spending proposal.
The infrastructure package is one element of Biden’s massive economic agenda, which also includes a plan to spend $3.5 trillion on education, climate resiliency and support for families.