“The President said he thinks he can get 51 votes for this bill. We are going to trust him. We are going to do our work in the House and let the Senate do its work,” the Washington state Democrat said. “But we’re tired of, you know, just continuing to wait for one or two people.”
Manchin also had grown angry that progressives thought they had leverage over him to back the plan if they withheld their support for the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, the source said.
“I’m letting the President have those conversations,” Jayapal said Monday, when asked if she was negotiating with Manchin to get him closer to a deal. “The President came to the caucus and assured us that he would get 51 votes in the Senate for this deal that he has been negotiating with Senator Manchin and Senator Sinema.”
“And we now have said that we will vote for both bills in the House together. And that’s what we’re going to do. That’s what we are ready to do,” she said.
When asked about Manchin’s comments Monday, Jayapal said she doesn’t think the President “has misread this” and that she thinks “he and the White House team have been in very close touch with both senators.”
A few pieces of the social safety net bill need to be ironed out before the bill is ready for a vote, she said, pointing to immigration provisions, prescription drug pricing and the details of child care implementation.
“As soon as those get finalized, yes, I believe we will have the votes to pass both the infrastructure bill and the Build Back Better act through the House,” Jayapal said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters later Monday that Manchin’s statements do not change vote timing in the House, saying, “We’re on our course.”
Asked if she was confident that all progressives were on board to vote for both bills, the California Democrat told reporters, “You’ll have to ask them.”
House Democratic leaders are considering putting the social spending and infrastructure bills on the floor as soon as Wednesday night or Thursday for the final votes, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Although there is still a possibility that timing could slip.
CNN’s Manu Raju contributed to this report.