Biden Vows to Get Infrastructure Passed After Closed-Door Meeting With Lawmakers

President Joe Biden vowed that his infrastructure plan would pass after a closed-door meeting with Democratic lawmakers on Friday afternoon.

Biden expressed optimism in brief remarks to reporters after a visit with leaders from the House Democratic Caucus. The infrastructure package has faced multiple roadblocks, recently including disagreements between progressives and establishment Democrats wrangling over the details of what should be included.

"I'm telling you, we're going to get this done," Biden said. "It doesn't matter when. It doesn't matter whether it's in six minutes, six days, or six weeks. We're going to get it done."

Biden briefly responded to a question about why the Democratic Party "isn't united" as he was leaving, saying "c'mon man" and apparently referring to the fact that the Senate is split "50-50" along party lines, making even the smallest of differences a potentially major stumbling block for moving forward his agenda.

The House had been set to vote on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed in the Senate last month. However, the vote was canceled after pressure from progressives, who insisted that any vote on the bipartisan bill be tied to a $3.5 trillion spending package that could land on Biden's desk without any GOP support by using the Senate reconciliation process.

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President Joe Biden vowed that his spending bill would pass after meeting with House Democrats behind closed doors on Friday. Biden is pictured talking to the media after the meeting at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on October 1, 2021. Kevin Dietsch/Getty

Following the meeting with Biden, Representative Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said that the "wonderful" president had agreed with progressives on tying the two pieces of legislation together. She also indicated that progressives would be willing to compromise by lowering the spending bill's $3.5 trillion price tag.

"He's the president, he is wonderful," Jayapal told reporters after the meeting. "And he was really clear that we need to get both bills done. And that's what we're gonna do, we're gonna get both bills done...He was very clear the two are tied together."

"It's gonna be tough," she added. "We're going to have to come down in our number. And we're going to have to do that work. So, we're going to get to work and see what we can get to."

Jayapal went on to say that Biden had set "no timetable" on reaching a compromise number. The bill's spending limit will likely have to decrease significantly for it to pass in the Senate, where moderates Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona have presented challenges to passing the Democratic agenda.

Progressives are likely to support the bipartisan infrastructure bill if it is not voted on before the spending bill. It is not clear what number will eventually be settled on to ensure the spending bill's passage in the Senate, although Manchin said Thursday that his "top-line" limit on the bill's price tag would be $1.5 trillion.

Newsweek reached out to the offices of Manchin and Jayapal for comment but did not hear back in time for publication.