Democrats delay vote on key bills, keep talking

Nancy Pelosi, James Clyburn and others walk through the halls of the Capitol
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) talks with Majority Leader James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) in the Capitol on Thursday.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled a vote late Thursday on President Biden’s infrastructure bill, leaving a key part of his signature domestic agenda in limbo amid deep Democratic infighting.

Democrats plan to continue their work on Friday.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi cancels planned vote on President Biden’s infrastructure plan as Democratic negotiations continue.

Pelosi (D-San Francisco) had promised centrist Democrats that the House would vote on the infrastructure plan Thursday regardless of whether work was complete on the second, larger portion of Biden’s agenda — a multitrillion-dollar expansion of the nation’s social safety net programs.

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The speaker had waged an all-day effort to curry votes on the approximately $1-trillion infrastructure plan and to reach a framework agreement on the size and scope of the safety net bill. White House domestic policy advisor Susan Rice and national economic advisor Brian Deese came to Capitol Hill to help negotiate an agreement between Democratic leaders and two centrist Democratic holdouts in the Senate. But those efforts ended at about 10 p.m.

Kamala Harris stands in an elevator as others leave
Vice President Kamala Harris leaves the Senate side of the Capitol.
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Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks to reporters.
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Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin in an elevator
Sens. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) and Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.).
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Nancy Pelosi is seen in silhouette in front of camera lights
Speaker Nancy Pelosi at her weekly news conference Thursday.
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Dianne Feinstein and Jacky Rosen walk together in the Capitol.
Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Jacky Rosen of Nevada.
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Photographers take images of Joe Manchin
Sen. Joe Manchin III surrounded by journalists.
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Stand and sit in a hallway
Reporters wait outside a meeting involving Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and White House aides including Susan Rice.
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The U.S. Capitol is shown under a late afternoon sky
Democrats will resume their negotiations at the Capitol on Friday.
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