Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) warned Monday if the bipartisan infrastructure bill fails, then the partisan $3.5 trillion infrastructure deal will also crumble.
Manchin spoke as the bipartisan infrastructure negotiations have stalled more than a month after Republicans and Democrats struck a tentative deal.
President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats sent Senate Republicans involved in the infrastructure negotiations a “global offer,” which enraged Republicans, believing it would open issues they have already resolved. Democrats accused Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), one of the Republicans involved in the deal, of moving the “goalpost.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) even predicted the Senate would not be able to pass the bipartisan infrastructure deal by the end of the week.
Manchin warned the Biden White House and leftist Senate Democrats if his and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ) infrastructure framework were to fail, then so will the partisan reconciliation bill.
“I would say if the bipartisan infrastructure deal falls apart, everything falls apart,” Manchin said.
“Both of them are extremely important,” the West Virginia Democrat said. “When one falls apart, how do you move the other one?”
Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), who is involved in the negotiations, remained optimistic that they could strike a deal despite the lack of progress on the bill.
Tester said he feels “bullish” that they could strike a deal by Tuesday morning.
“Is there still outstanding issues? Yeah. Nobody’s bailed,” he said.
However, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called for the lawmakers involved with the framework to hurry up. He even threatened to hold the Senate in session over the weekend or delay the August recess to get the deal done.
“It’s time for everyone to get to yes and produce an outcome for the American people,” Schumer said.
Editor’s Note: At the time of publication, this article stated Sen. Chuck Schumer is the Senate minority leader. He is currently the majority leader. The language has been updated.
Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.