After Democrats gathered at a Tuesday lunch to discuss their long-delayed reconciliation bill, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reported that there was “universal agreement” that a compromise must be reached as divisions in the party continue to hold up the legislative process. Democrats are now months off schedule in passing their reconciliation bill, as internal party divisions have pushed leadership past deadline after deadline with no vote. These divisions, despite months of negotiations, continue, with many moderates still rejecting their party’s bill in whole or in part. Disregarding these setbacks, Schumer was optimistic after Democrats’ Tuesday lunch. He said that there is “universal agreement in the room that we have to come to an agreement” on the reconciliation bill. He said that Democrats hope to reach a “framework” agreement by the end of the week. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) showed the same optimism. Speaking to reporters after the lunch, she …


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