Transcript for Biden faces week full of voting rights, infrastructure talks
Big week for president Biden's agenda. Voting rights and infrastructure front and center but facing major hurdles including hold-outs from the president's own party and Mary Bruce has the latest. Good morning, Mary. Reporter: Good morning, George. Well, Democrats are trying to pass what would be the pose expansive voting rights legislation in decades. Today it is expected to fail. Democrats view this as their best chance to counter restrictive voting laws we've seen being passed in republican-led states across the country but Republicans are united in their opposition and argue that this is a federal power grab. Now, the white house and Democrats know this is going to fail today so really this is a test vote that will show whether Democrats themselves are united. Senator Joe Manchin of west Virginia has been the hold-out. He was here meeting with the president yesterday. Still holding his cards close so we'll have to see how it plays out and all of this is reigniting the debate over whether Democrats should blow up the 60-vote threshold to break a legislative filibuster to pass a law like this but moderates insist it won't happen. On this infrastructure bill you do have this large group of bipartisan senators trying to come together for a deal. Reporter: And they do seem to be inching close story this compromise. We've seen the president diving back into these negotiations, we're told he's working the phones and been meeting with some of these key senators. This is what we're seeing both sides coalescing around the $1 trillion bipartisan deal that would focus solely on traditional infrastructure so roads, rails and bridges but the two sides are still divided over how to pay for all of this. The white house is projecting optimism but say the president doesn't feel the time is unlimited here and Democrats on the hill are still preparing to try to go it alone to advance some of his priorities not included in the compromise. Mary, the white house also touting a major child tax credit coming for millions of families. Reporter: Yeah, they are making a big public push around this. Eligible families starting in July could receive up to $3600 for each child under the age of 6. $3,000 for children between the ages of 6 and 17. The white house is encouraging everyone to see if they qualify to try and sign up. They say this could help cut child poverty in half, George. Mary Bruce, thanks very much.
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