June 15, 2021

Biden administration forced to extend infrastructure deal deadline amid clashes with GOP lawmakers

The Biden administration extended its self-imposed Memorial Day deadline on an infrastructure deal as Democrats have failed to negotiate a deal with Senate Republicans.

“So we’ll look at these ideas on how to pay for it. We’ll look at ideas on where the investments ought to be, too. But the president is hoping for major progress from Congress before Memorial Day,” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in April.

“And we can’t allow this thing to just keep dragging on, because the need is there today,” he added.

During an interview on Sunday, Buttigieg moved the deadline, extending plans until June 7.

“By the time that they return, which is June 7 just a week from tomorrow, we need a clear direction,” Buttigieg said during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“The President keeps saying, ‘inaction is not an option’ and time is not unlimited here. The American people expect us to do something,” CNBC reported.

The deadline change may signal a plan is not as close to agreement as previously suggested. An infrastructure deal continues discussion, but June 7 may come and go with little progress.

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