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Canadian pastor arrested on tarmac over COVID rules says police confiscated luggage, snooped laptop

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EXCLUSIVE: The Polish-Canadian pastor who has been repeatedly arrested for holding church services in Calgary, Alberta, said Canadian border police confiscated his belongings and apparently broke into his personal computer.
When Pastor Artur Pawlowski landed back in his home city of Calgary on Monday following a four-month tour of the United States, customs officials were waiting to cuff him on the tarmac for two criminal charges, he told Fox News in an interview.
“They have fallen to a new low,” Pawlowski said of the Canadian authorities. “Our lawyers contacted them and asked them if there are any pending warrants for me when I was in the states. They said that there are no pending warrants, there is nothing outstanding.”
Pawlowski had been traveling throughout the United States over the summer to spread his warning that Western governments increasingly resemble the communist regime in Poland he fled as a young man.
His tour followed the international attention he received in April when officials went to his church in Canada during Holy Week to inspect it for COVID-19 compliance. Because they entered the sanctuary armed and uninvited during a worship service, Pawlowski refused to speak with them.
Instead, he accused them of being “Nazis” and shouted them down until they agreed to leave. Video of the encounter went viral.
Three weeks later, officials returned with a court order authorizing them to access Pawlowski’s church and arrest him if he failed to comply. Again he demanded they leave the church property and contact his lawyer.
On May 8, a motorcade of Calgary police vehicles pulled over Pawlowski and his brother to arrest them in the middle of a highway on their way home from church.
This time, Pawlowski speculated that they misled his lawyers before activating criminal charges against him Monday while he was in the air.
The first criminal charge, Pawlowski explained, was levied against him for failing to wear a mask in public, despite a medical exemption from his doctor. The second was for organizing an illegal church gathering. Both were related to offenses in March and June.
In an interaction he characterized as an ambush, Pawlowski recounted how three officers demanded that he and his pilot step out of the plane. He said he heard one of the officers tell the pilot to surrender his phone, though the pilot refused and managed to record the incident.
Particularly troubling to Pawlowski was that he was not allowed to greet his family, who were waiting to see him for the first time in months. His wife, he said, was notified of his arrest by reporters.
“That was the most brutal thing,” he said. “That was Nazi-style, communist-style. Trying to break a man and his family and children by not allowing me to just even say hi after being away for so long.”
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Pawlowski said authorities confiscated his luggage after they arrested him. Even after his lawyer secured his release during the early morning hours on Tuesday, he said police first denied they knew where his possessions were, though a reporter told him he saw his belongings being packed into a police cruiser.
When he ultimately recovered them at the police station, he said his things had been marked with labels suggesting that authorities had rummaged through them. There were also indications that his personal laptop had been accessed. Normally locked by a passcode, he said it was open when he got it back.
A spokesperson for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said the agency is bound by Canada's Privacy Act not to comment on specific individuals or situations but directed Fox News to a website explaining the policies governing the CBSA's ability to examine electronic devices.
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Kamala Harris takes quick, unexplained California trip: reports

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Vice President Kamala Harris flew to Southern California on Friday for a quick trip but the White House was mum about the reason behind it, according to a report.
Harris departed Friday afternoon from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and flew to Palm Springs, a resort town about 107 miles east of Los Angeles, The Washington Times reported.
The vice president was scheduled to return to Washington on Saturday, the White House said in a statement, according to the newspaper.
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Harris and husband Douglas Emhoff own a home in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles but the White House said Harris would be spending the night in Palm Springs at an unspecified location, according to the Times.
Reporters were not permitted to watch Harris depart from Maryland, the Times reported.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris waves as she departs Singapore to Vietnam, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. (Associated Press)

No public events were on Harris’ schedule for her time in California and no local Democrats in California reported any plans to meet with Harris, according to the newspaper.
Harris’ plane landed at Palm Springs International Airport just after 7 p.m. Friday PT, The Desert Sun newspaper of Palm Springs reported. A heavy law enforcement presence was in the area, the paper reported.
Palm Springs Mayor Christy Gilbert Holstege tweeted out a welcome to Harris on Friday but the message offered no clues about the purpose of the vice president's visit.
Since March, when she was appointed to manage the Biden administration’s response to the U.S.-Mexico border crisis, Harris has faced steady criticism from Republicans for not visiting the border region – save for a brief trip to El Paso, Texas, in June.
But over that same time Harris has made several trips to her home state of California, including on successive weekends between the end of June and early July.
Earlier this month, Harris campaigned for California Gov. Gavin Newsom in San Leandro, near San Francisco, as Newsom was facing a recall election that he ultimately survived to remain in office.
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Friday’s fast trip out West came as Democrats in Congress were trying to advance President Biden’s economic agenda, in the form of a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and a proposed $3.5 trillion so-called “reconciliation” bill of other spending proposals.
Harris would potentially be needed on Capitol Hill if the Senate were to deadlock on a vote, but lawmakers went another day Friday with no action on the proposals.

Chicago mayor Lightfoot, police union clash after warning of ‘consequences’ for non-vaccinated city workers

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed Friday there would be “consequences” for any city employees who aren’t fully vaccinated by Oct. 15, according to reports, as the city continued negotiations with labor unions.
Lightfoot and the Fraternal Order of Police disagreed on whether her requirement affected its members, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The union said in a statement that the deadline would apply only to coronavirus testing and no one’s pay would be affected, adding that self-reporting of vaccination status was “voluntary.”
But Lightfoot, a Democrat, denied there was leeway for union members.
“Every employee in the City of Chicago has to be vaccinated,” she said in a news conference Friday, according to FOX 32 in Chicago. “I haven’t gotten the full reading from the meeting today, but it is foolish that we buried four police officers who have died of COVID. We just last week memorialized their stars at CPD headquarters.”
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She added that it was “foolish to be trying to take a victory lap when so much is at stake. Unfortunately, that is in keeping with the leadership of the Fraternal Order of Police. They will be vaccinated.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks in Chicago, Sept. 28, 2021.
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Friday was the last day to get the shot (the second shot for Pfizer and Moderna) to assure the employee is fully vaccinated by the deadline – because it takes two weeks for the vaccine to take full effect.
Lightfoot gave no specifics on what the “consequences” for not being vaccinated would be, speaking only of “further steps that are taken,” according to the Tribune.
“What I’m saying is there will be consequences if people are not complying with what the policy is by Oct. 15,” adding that she believes in “accountability” and hopes workers will voluntarily abide by the requirement, FOX 32 reported.
In a position that seemed to contradict the mayor, city Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said the city initially would have testing requirements for employees not vaccinated by the deadline, the Tribune reported.
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City officials should try to be consistent in their explanations of policies, Chicago Federation of Labor President Bob Reiter said in a statement, stressing its union hadn’t signed on to the vaccination requirement.

Josh Gottheimer accuses ‘far-left’ of risking ‘civility,’ ‘bipartisan governing’ over infrastructure

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U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., lashed out Friday against a “far-left faction” of the House of Representatives, accusing the group of undermining the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and forcing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to admit more time was needed to pass the proposal.
He also claimed the progressive Democrats were placing President Biden's entire agenda along with “civility and bipartisan governing at risk.”
“I’ve been working around-the-clock to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill, legislation we helped craft back in April with my Senate colleagues,” Gottheimer said in a statement Friday. “But a small far-left faction of the House of Representatives undermined that agreement and blocked a critical vote on the President’s historic bipartisan infrastructure bill.”
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Gottheimer and a group of House moderates had tried to push a quick vote on infrastructure earlier this week.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., arrives for a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus on the infrastructure bill in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.
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Led by House Progressive Caucus chair Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the progressive wing forced Pelosi to back off on an infrastructure vote unless it was coupled with the more progressively ambitious $3.5 trillion Build Back Better bill.
“95% of Congressional Democrats support the entire Build Back Better agenda. 70% of voters want us to pass it. We won't let corporate interests and billionaires stand in the way of delivering,” Jayapal tweeted late Friday.
Gottheimer continued, “This far-left faction is willing to put the President’s entire agenda, including this historic bipartisan infrastructure package, at risk,” Gottheimer continued. “They’ve put civility and bipartisan governing at risk.”
Republicans are united against the larger bill, and Senate Democratic moderates Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona refused to support $3.5 trillion in new spending, meaning the bill could not pass the Senate.
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So it was no use for Pelosi to pass it in the House. And she was forced to cave on the infrastructure bill because progressives insisted the other measure be must be considered by the House too or they'd vote against the infrastructure bill.
Fox News' Kyle Morris and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Dick Durbin experiences Chicago gun violence first-hand; Lightfoot urged to declare ‘public safety emergency’

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Friday that he recently became the latest Democrat to have a too-close-for-comfort experience with urban crime.
The 76-year-old senator’s ordeal last weekend prompted David Axelrod, a former top adviser to former President Barack Obama, to call on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a fellow Democrat, to declare a “public safety emergency” in America’s third-largest city.
“Last Saturday night,” Durbin told reporters, “my wife and I went out to eat, downtown Chicago, with another couple – several couples – and we were driving home on Lake Shore Drive about 10 o’clock on Saturday night.
Suddenly, “I heard a popping sound,” Durbin recalled, according to Chicago’s WBBM-TV. “I didn’t know what it was. The driver of the car said, ‘Those are gunshots.’ It turned out to be the car next to us.
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“The driver [of the other car] was leaning out the window and shooting into the air,” the senator continued. “He could have just as easily been shooting the gun at us.
“He could have just as easily been shooting the gun at us.”
— U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., speaks on Capitol Hill, Oct. 15, 2020.
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“Sadly,” he added, “that’s what happens way too often.”
Durbin and his wife were unharmed. But the senator’s experience came a little more than two months after a former Democratic colleague – former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California – was attacked and robbed of her cellphone in Oakland, California.
In that incident, 80-year-old Boxer was shoved in the back as the assailant grabbed her phone and then jumped into a waiting car, a social media post from her office said at the time.
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Axelrod's adviceReacting to Durbin’s story, former Obama adviser David Axelrod said Chicago Mayor Lightfoot should consider doing “what mayors don’t like to do,” according to FOX 32 of Chicago.

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Axelrod said Lightfoot needed to admit that Chicago’s gun violence problem is “more than we can handle here at city government,” and suggested that voters could blame the mayor if shootings aren’t effectively addressed before she seeks reelection in 2023.
VideoHe advised Lightfoot to form partnerships with local businesses, hire more detectives and encourage more members of the public to come forward as witnesses to help reduce crime, FOX 32 reported.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks in Chicago, July 23, 2020.
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“We need not just one idea, we need to do it all simultaneously,” Axelrod said.
Chicago saw killings rise by 56% in 2020 and is seeing higher numbers this year, according to FBI figures, Axelrod told FOX 32.
In late September, Lightfoot unveiled a $16 billion city budget plan that calls for boosting police spending to $1.9 billion, up from $1.7 billion this year, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Pelosi admits defeat on infrastructure bill, says ‘more time is needed’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi drew up the white flag Friday evening, admitting that “more time is needed” to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that is one of the pillars of President Biden's agenda, after previously vowing to pass the measure this week.
While Pelosi had promised moderate House Democrats the infrastructure bill would be on the floor, progressives threatened to sink it unless it was coupled with a $3.5 trillion spending measure, known as the Build Back Better Act, that includes a variety of social welfare programs.
Republicans are united against the larger bill, and Senate Democratic moderates Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona refused to support $3.5 trillion in new spending, meaning the bill could not pass the Senate. So it was no use for Pelosi to pass it in the House. And she was forced to cave on the infrastructure bill because progressives insisted the other measure be must be considered by the House too or they'd vote against the infrastructure bill.
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The White House sought desperately all week to strike a deal with Manchin and Sinema on the Build Back Better bill, but without success.
'While great progress has been made in the negotiations to develop a House, Senate and White House agreement on the Build Back Better Act, more time is needed to complete the task,” Pelosi wrote in Dear Colleague letter. “Our priority to create jobs in the health care, family and climate agendas is a shared value. Our Chairs are still working for clarity and consensus. Clearly, the Bipartisan Infrastructure bill will pass once we have agreement on the reconciliation bill.”
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Pelosi had said the infrastructure bill would pass. She initially indicated she would put it to a vote Thursday night, but she did not. Then she said it would be voted on Friday, but she was forced to reverse course again.
Following a meeting between President Biden and the Democratic caucus Friday, it was unclear when the House would revisit the measure again.
Fox News' Emma Colton contributed to this article.

Sotomayor denies NYC teachers’ plea to block vaccine mandate

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor refused to block a New York City requirement mandating that public school teachers and employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Sotomayor, appointed to the court by President Obama in 2009, denied a challenge from New York City teachers who were attempting to halt a mandate instructing them to be vaccinated by the end of the day October 1 or be placed on unpaid leave until September 2022.
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Sotomayor rejected the emergency request without providing an explanation or directing the request to the full court for review.
Sotomayor’s ruling follows a similar move from her colleague on the court, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who denied an emergency appeal from students at Indiana University in August and allowed the school to move forward with mandatory vaccinations.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday gave public education employees a Friday deadline to get partially vaccinated following a legal victory that said such a mandate could move forward.
In an interview with Spectrum News 1, the mayor said public school employees have until 5 p.m. on Oct. 1 to get at least the first vaccine dose.
“If you have not have gotten that first dose Friday, 5 p.m., we will assume you are not coming to work on Monday and you will not be paid starting Monday and we will fill your role with a substitute or an alternative employee,” he said.
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De Blasio said the vaccine requirement goes into effect on Oct. 4. Originally, and all teachers and school employees were supposed to be partially vaccinated by Monday.
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“Vaccinations are our strongest tool in the fight against COVID-19 – this ruling is on the right side of the law and will protect our students and staff,” the city's Department of Education said in a statement.
The mayor said around 87% of Department of Education employees have already received at least one dose, including 90% of teachers and 97% of principals.
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School board group asks Biden to use the Patriot Act against parents over opposition to COVID measures, CRT

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A group that represents school boards is asking the Biden administration to review threats and violence against education administrators and schools to determine if they violate the Patriot Act and hate crime laws amid clashes between angry parents and educators over COVID-19 policies and critical race theory being taught in classrooms.
In a Wednesday letter to Biden, the National School Boards Association asked that the federal government examine whether actions can be taken to stop the vitriol and violence using the Gun-Free School Zones Act and the Patriot Act, the controversial statute enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
The request comes amid a culture war that has prompted some school officials to resign or not seek re-election.
“Coupled with attacks against school board members and educators for approving policies for masks to protect the health and safety of students and school employees, many public school officials are also facing physical threats because of propaganda purporting the false inclusion of critical race theory within classroom instruction and curricula,” the letter signed by NSBA President Viola Garcia and Chip Slaven, the group's interim executive director and CEO, states.
In addition, the NSBA asked for a review of threats and violence under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Violent Interference with Federally Protected Rights statute, and the Conspiracy Against Rights statute.
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VideoIn recent months, school districts across the country have seen angry demonstrations and confrontations between parents and education officials at school board meetings. The letter cited anger over school mask directives and critical race theory, which focuses on how power structures and institutions impact racial minorities.
Many opponents have labeled it racist.
Loudoun County, Virginia has become the epicenter of anger against such policies. A group opposed to the teaching of CRT, Free to Learn Coalition, recently launched a $500,000 ad blitz criticizing the local school board. Loudon County administrators and teachers were reportedly blacklisting and doxing parents who spoke out against controversial critical race theory's use in public school classrooms.

In this Aug. 12, 2021 file photo, protesters against a COVID-19 mandate gesture as they are escorted out of the Clark County School Board meeting at the Clark County Government Center, in Las Vegas. The nation's school boards are asking President Joe Biden for federal assistance to investigate and stop a growing number of threats made against their members, on Thursday, Sept. 30.
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On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said responsibility for protecting school boards falls largely to local law enforcement but “we’re continuing to explore if more can be done from across the administration.”
“Obviously these threats to school board members is horrible. They’re doing their jobs,” she said during a press briefing.
At a U.S. Senate committee hearing on Thursday, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona decried the hostility against school board members and praised their “unwavering support” to reopen schools safely. He said the lack of civility in some meetings is disappointing and, in some places, it has been “very dangerous.”
Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic governor of Virginia who is running to lead the state again, drew ire this week when he gave his thoughts on how much parents should be involved in making school decisions.
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” he said during a debate against Republican Glenn Youngkin in Alexandria.
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Kristi Noem severs ties with controversial education consultant amid concerns about social studies standards

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Gov. Kristi Noem is hitting the reset button on South Dakota's proposed social studies curriculum, discarding her administration's previous standards and changing up who crafts the new ones.
Friday's announcement comes a week after she said the revision process would be delayed for up to a year. Noem's office told Fox News that it had severed ties with consultant Beth Ratway and the C3 framework – both controversial influences that raised concerns about left-wing content later surfacing in schools.
“I have asked the Department of Education to restart the process from the beginning,” Noem, a Republican, said in a press release Friday. “I want to ensure we propose standards that accurately reflect the values of South Dakota.”
“Our kids deserve to learn both America’s and South Dakota’s true and honest history, taught in a balanced context that doesn’t pit our children against each other on the basis of race, sex, or background. More work needs to be done to get this right, and we are committed to seeing that process through.”
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Noem had encountered backlash from both sides, with Native Americans upset about removals that were favored by conservatives.
Her latest move followed a warning by Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, about Ratway's influence on the Department of Education as well as what he called the “action-civics-based C3 Framework.”
Kurtz also pointed to Ratway's video presentation on social justice, which has since been removed from YouTube. Obtained by Fox News via Kurtz, the PowerPoint employs plenty of language reminiscent of controversial equity trainings seen throughout the U.S.
For example, under “Connecting Social Justice and Social Studies,” Ratway's slide reads: “We define social justice education as the pedagogical practice of guiding students toward critically discussing, examining, and actively exploring the reasons behind social inequalities and how unjust institutional practices maintain and reproduce power and privilege that have a direct impact on students' lives.”
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She also cites Paulo Freire, a well-known advocate of “critical pedagogy” who has been criticized by anti-CRT advocates like James Lindsay. The ties to left-wing ideas don't end with her presentation. In 2020, Ratway co-chaired an Advancing Social Justice conference, which featured a speech from the controversial “1619 Project” founder Nikole Hannah-Jones.
Friday's release pledged to “create a new workgroup of stakeholders to develop standards. This group will propose new social studies standards, and everyone who has expressed concerns will be a part of the process, including Native Americans. The new proposed standards will be reviewed and adjusted based on input from the public, the DOE, and, ultimately, approved by the Board of Education Standards.”
“The DOE will also hire a new facilitator to oversee the workgroup process. The DOE will work with the Board of Education Standards to approve a new timeline to ensure the standards are adopted after sufficient time for the workgroup’s action and public input into the process.”
Ratway's employer, The American Institutes of Research, did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment but previously provided a lengthy response defending its work.
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Jayapal says progressives will reduce $3.5T spending demand

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Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal acknowledged that the total price tag of the controversial spending bill currently being debated on Capitol Hill will have to be lowered in order to push it through Congress.
“We’re going to have to come down in our number,” Jayapal said Friday after leaving a meeting on Capitol Hill that included the House Democratic caucus and President Biden. “We're going to get to work and see what we can do.”
Lawmakers who spoke after the meeting say Biden made it clear that the reconciliation bill and the infrastructure bill were linked together. But he told members they needed to come down from $3.5 trillion to closer to $2 trillion for the spending bill Democrats want to run under reconciliation, which allows passage by a majority vote.
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Jayapal said that Democrats will attempt to vote on the surface transportation bill on Friday night but will not vote on the infrastructure bill today.
Jayapal added that Biden, who left Capitol Hill after the meeting, gave “no timetable” on when the bill would be voted on.
Before departing the Capitol, Biden said that it “doesn’t matter if it’s in six minutes – six days – six weeks…we will get it done”
Fox News is told Democrats believe the purpose of the meeting was to bring down the temperature and the internal squabbling between both sides of the caucus.
The president told Democrats that they didn’t have the votes to pass the infrastructure bill yet. He said he had to work with Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, two moderates opposed to the $3.5 trillion spending bill price tag, but it would take time to get an agreement.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had previously assured the public that a vote on a separate $1 trillion infrastructure package would happen by the end of the week.
Many progressive members walked away saying they feel “great” that the president sided with them, agreeing that votes on the two bills must be linked. Moderate members were feeling a little defeated that the president did not try to rally support for a vote on infrastructure today.
Pelosi had said a vote on the infrastructure bill would come Friday. “We're not trillions apart,” she said at 12:01 a.m Friday morning. “There'll be a vote today.”
Pelosi said the bill would pass, vowing Sunday to never bring “a bill to the floor that doesn't have the votes.” But her initial attempt to get the bill to the floor for a vote was thwarted Thursday after progressives warned her that “a majority of our members will only vote for the infrastructure bill after the President’s visionary Build Back Better Act passes.”
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Progressives followed through on their longstanding threats that they will hold up the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill without a simultaneous vote on the sweeping $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill.
Biden did not ask Democrats to vote on Friday.
The feud now threatens two of Biden’s top legislative priorities as the divide within the Democratic Party deepens and the progressives’ power increases.
Fox News’ Emma Colton, Chad Pergram, Hillary Vaughn, and Jacqui Heinrich contributed to this report