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Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah) meet Wednesday to discuss infrastructure. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

The White House and a bipartisan group of senators struck a tentative deal on Wednesday for the framework of a roughly $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, Senate aides familiar with the negotiations told Axios.

What's next: The Senate group will brief President Biden at the White House on Thursday, though some details still need to be ironed out, the aides said.

  • The tentative agreement comes after a series of meetings on Capitol Hill this week between the Senate group and White House Counselor Steve Ricchetti, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and Legislative Affairs Director Louisa Terrell.

By the numbers:

  • $1.2 trillion over eight years, or $974 billion over five years
  • $559 billion in new spending
  • Package is fully paid-for

What they're saying: “White House senior staff had two productive meetings today with the bipartisan group of senators who have been negotiating about infrastructure,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

  • “The group made progress toward an outline of a potential agreement, and the president has invited the group to come to the White House (Thursday) to discuss this in-person.”
  • "There’s a framework of agreement on a bipartisan infrastructure package,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told reporters as she left the meeting Wednesday night.
  • "Republicans and Democrats have come together along with the White House, we’ve agreed on the framework and we're going to be heading to the White tomorrow," Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) told CNN's Manu Raju.

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Sep 30, 2021 - Politics

Pelosi defiant on infrastructure vote

Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill today. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she's moving full steam ahead with her plans to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill on Thursday, sounding optimistic about the bill's chances despite progressive Democrats threatening to sink it.

Why it matters: Today's vote — should it occur — will be a crucial indicator of how long it will take, and how difficult it will be, to pass President Biden's agenda.

The rickety state of climate legislation

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Getty Images photos: Rudy Sulgan and Anton Petrus

The last 24 hours have somehow been confusing and clarifying about the state of major climate legislation at the same time.

Catch up fast: Last night House Democratic leaders, facing a revolt from progressives, put off a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package for now.

Pelosi's "fun part"

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Whip James Clyburn hold legislation passed Thursday that extends government funding to December. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is holding on 'til the end.

Driving the news: Pelosi spent Thursday — "hour by hour," she termed it — wheeling and dealing behind the scenes with the different factions of her party. The constant: forging ahead with her promised vote on President Biden's $1.2 trillion infrastructure package despite progressive threats to sink it.