Oct 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

White House adviser says there's no timeline on votes to pass Biden's agenda

Cedric Richmond and Biden at a table.

Senior White House adviser Cedric Richmond and President Biden. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senior White House adviser Cedric Richmond told "Fox News Sunday" there is no prescribed timeline for passing key pieces of President Biden's legislative agenda, Politico reports.

Why it matters: A vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill was set to take place Thursday but was ultimately delayed indefinitely as lawmakers continue hashing out a deal on Biden's larger reconciliation package.

  • Biden on Friday said the two bills must remain linked, scuttling the hopes of moderates who hoped to pass the infrastructure bill on its own.

What he's saying: "[W]e’re not using an artificial timeline, and we’re not concerned with process,” Richmond said. “We’re concerned about delivering.”

  • Richmond also told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday that Congress will continue working on both the bipartisan infrastructure bill and the soft-infrastructure reconciliation bill simultaneously.
  • "People will be disappointed. People will not get everything they want. That is the art of legislating," he warned on "Meet the Press."

Of note: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) also told "Meet the Press" on Sunday that there's no clear deadline for passing the bills, reiterating that negotiations are a "long and complicated process. ... It's not going to happen overnight."

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