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White House pushes Congress to close deal on spending bill soon

WASHINGTON – White House officials are signaling to Congress that time is running out for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure and social spending negotiations and they want a deal to be done quickly.

A person familiar with White House thinking said that while Biden believes good progress has been made in the negotiations, he believes it is crucial to pass the bills quickly, and officials are pushing members. to do it.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday: “The time for negotiations is not endless, and we are eager to move forward, we are eager to hold on to what he has. promised to the American people “. She said the White House did not set any deadline but that “it was time to move forward with negotiations.”

Earlier this year, the White House slated passage of a bill on infrastructure spending and a broader set of social spending by the end of the summer. While the Senate passed a $ 550 billion infrastructure bill in August, the bill has stalled in the House, where progressives are also pushing for a $ 3.5 trillion bill. dollars that would fund a range of social programs.

House Democrats missed a self-imposed deadline to pass the infrastructure bill by the end of September, with moderates and progressives in Congress divided over the price to pay for the bigger bill .