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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) told CBS's “Face the Nation" on Sunday that fully funding programs for shorter time periods could be a way of reaching a compromise on the reconciliation bill.

Why it matters: The timeline for passing President Biden's infrastructure agenda remains uncertain as lawmakers continue to debate the measure's final price tag.

  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) reiterated Thursday night that his preferred cost for the reconciliation bill is $1.5 trillion, far lower than the $3.5 trillion members were initially working with.

What she's saying: "[T]he compromises and options that we have before us is, do we shorten our funding programs—do you reduce the level of funding? Do you cut programs out together?”

  • "I think that one of the ideas that's out there is, fully fund what we can fully fund, but maybe instead of doing it for 10 years, you fully fund it for five years," Ocasio-Cortez added.

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Dec 21, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden and Manchin spoke Sunday night

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and then-Vice President Joe Biden interact before Manchin's ceremonial swearing-in on Nov. 15, 2010. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) spoke Sunday night after negotiations around the Build Back Better plan disintegrated over the weekend, a person familiar with the call tells Axios.

Why it matters: Earlier Sunday, Manchin tanked the possibility of passing the $1.75 trillion social and climate spending plan before the end of the year. Still, the conversation, first reported by Politico, left open the possibility that negotiations could continue in the new year.

Pelosi hopeful of Build Back Better Act deal in 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 15. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she's still hopeful of reaching an agreement on President Biden's Build Back Better legislation, after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said Sunday he wouldn't support the bill.

What she's saying: The Democrats' "work For The People demands that we stay at the table to pass the Build Back Better Act," Pelosi said in a "Dear Colleague" letter on Sunday night, which did not name Manchin.

Harris: "Stakes are too high" for Build Back Better to be about Manchin

Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday dismissed Sen. Joe Manchin's sudden and fervent opposition to the Biden-Harris administration's Build Back Better agenda, saying she refuses to get caught up in "what might be personal politics."

State of play: "The stakes are too high for this to be in any way about any specific individual," the vice president told Margaret Brennan, host of CBS' "Face the Nation," as part of a wide-ranging interview that will air across the network's platforms throughout the week.