The stakes are higher than ever as Democrats head for a decisive vote on a billion dollar public works measure, with almost no margin for error and little time to break a deadlock that threatens to jeopardize his passage – and possibly the entire President’s agenda.
Assurances of progress have offered little comfort to nervous Democrats on Capitol Hill, where a string of legislative and fiscal deadlines loom.
“We are obviously at a precarious and important moment in these discussions,” said the White House press secretary. Jen Psaki, told reporters on Wednesday, as Biden spent the day locked in negotiations with Democratic leaders and lawmakers.
Returning from an Oval Office meeting with Biden on Wednesday afternoon, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, told reporters on Capitol Hill that she was ready to move forward with a vote on Thursday.
“That’s the plan,” she said, adding that they were taking it “one hour at a time.”