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Biden Gets an Infrastructure Truce With Dems—Just Not a Deal

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After a multi-day standoff filled with plenty of Democrat-on-Democrat combat, President Joe Biden came to Capitol Hill on Friday with his agenda in doubt and delivered a clear message to a fractious party: Come on, man.

A simple half-hour kumbaya session between Biden and House Democrats on Friday afternoon seemed to forestall an imminent collapse of the party’s marquee policy package: a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal, as well as a separate, still-undefined, multi-trillion dollar economic and social policy plan.

But it also meant that Democrats were set to leave Washington this week without any agreement on the bills and without any timeline on passage. “It doesn't matter if it's in six minutes, six days, or six weeks. We're gonna get it done,” Biden told reporters as he departed the Capitol.

Since Monday, House Democrats have grappled with an end-of-September deadline—forced by a band of moderates in early September—to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill that already passed the Senate. That bill, which funds roads, bridges, broadband, and the like, is supported by nearly every Democrat in Congress.

But progressives have insisted they would tank passage of that measure without meaningful progress on the other package, dubbed the Build Back Better Act, leading Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to delay a scheduled Thursday vote and to let lawmakers leave town on Friday without a vote.

When Biden arrived at the Capitol on Friday, some Democratic lawmakers were........

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