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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi departs the House Democratic Caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The $3.5 trillion budget framework stalled in the House early Tuesday after tense negotiations between Democratic leaders and centrists failed to reach an agreement.

Driving the news: Moderate Democrats, who have vowed to block the deal until a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package is passed, held out on early Tuesday morning as divisions in the party flared, the New York Times writes.

  • The House is set to reconvene at noon on Tuesday to resume debate on the measure.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Democrats during a private caucus on Monday to deliver on the promises President Biden and the party have made to Americans, AP reports.
  • "Right now, we have an opportunity to pass something so substantial for our country, so transformative we haven’t seen anything like it," Pelosi said, per AP. "We cannot squander this majority and this Democratic White House by not passing what we need to do."

The big picture: Pelosi's proposal to moderates would expedite passage of the $3.5 trillion social spending plan and includes a promise to approve the bipartisan infrastructure bill by the time current surface transportation programs expire on Sept. 30, per Politico.

  • But the group of centrists, led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.Y.), have so far refused any deal that doesn't include an immediate, standalone vote on the infrastructure bill.
  • “The House can’t afford to wait months or do anything to risk passing” the infrastructure bill, Gottheimer, said late last week, per AP.

Go deeper: Pelosi stares down dissenters

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Congress begins yearend sprint

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The House and Senate face an onslaught of deadlines key to fulfilling members' campaign promises and keeping the government afloat as they return from recess this week.

Why it matters: The next few weeks will be pivotal to enacting President Biden's agenda — and determining how the Democratic Party fares in the midterm elections.

Oct 19, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Democrats brace for staredown over paid family medical leave

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senior House Democrats are braced for battle with the Senate over whether paid family medical leave — a key priority for progressives — will be included in President Biden’s final budget reconciliation bill, lawmakers and aides tell Axios.

Why it matters: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has indicated he wants to cut the program to reduce the bill's price tag. “Paid family and medical leave must be in the final package,” Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, told Axios on Monday.

Oct 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Manchin's red lines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has told the White House the child tax credit must include a firm work requirement and family income cap in the $60,000 range, people familiar with the matter tell Axios.

Why it matters: While Manchin’s demands would dramatically weaken one of President Biden’s signature programs to help working families, they also would reduce the package’s overall costs.