After a number of weeks of talks, together with a number of conferences within the Oval Office, negotiations on a large infrastructure plan with a bunch of Senate Republicans collapsed Tuesday, dealing a blow to President Joe Biden‘s makes an attempt at bipartisanship.

Now, Van Hollen advised NCS’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront,” his party should go it alone and move a large infrastructure plan with just Democratic votes.

“At the end of the day, if we can’t get the Republicans on board, we need to move forward,” the Maryland Democrat mentioned. “And my view is that time has come.”

If Democrats are going to move alone, they’re going to want weeks — if not months — to get a invoice able to go to the ground. And Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has signaled he is not ready to give up the talks. Without him, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer cannot move an infrastructure invoice alongside party traces.

The White House is now shifting its focus towards an impending proposal from a bipartisan Senate group led by Manchin. But Van Hollen maintained Wednesday, “The most important thing is, at the end of the day, what we pass has to embrace that bold vision that President Biden put forward in both the American Jobs Plan and the American Family Plan.”

“And even if somehow this bipartisan agreement were to work out, it would not begin to cover and match that vision. So no matter what, we need to be working right now on that reconciliation package and bringing everyone on board,” he mentioned.

The President, Van Hollen continued, “has negotiated in good faith, but just like he did with the American Rescue Plan, when Republicans refused to come to the table, we need to do the right thing for the country.”

Biden has repeatedly advised his prime advisers he sees merit to a bipartisan agreement past just what it will convey to the nation’s ageing and dilapidated infrastructure. But he is additionally cognizant, one official mentioned, that whereas there could also be a handful of Republicans who can be keen to bridge the hole that remained between the White House and Senate Republicans of their collapsed talks, there is not any signal he may safe the ten he’d have to move something.

NCS’s Lauren Fox, Jessica Dean, Daniella Diaz, Clare Foran and Ted Barrett contributed to this report.


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