Supporters of passing the Build Back Better budget reconciliation package urged congressional progressives to maintain their position that it must move forward simultaneously with bipartisan infrastructure legislation after Sen. Joe Manchin accused his colleagues of holding the latter bill \u0022hostage\u0022 and demanded an immediate vote.\r\n\r\nDuring a Monday press conference, Manchin (D-W.Va.) said that \u0022the political games have to stop\u0022 and called for the Democrat-held U.S. House of Representatives to swiftly vote on the infrastructure bill—which several Senate Democrats advanced in August with the expectation that it would only reach President Joe Biden\u0026#039;s desk alongside the reconciliation package.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022Holding this bill hostage is not going to work in getting my support for the reconciliation bill,\u0022 Manchin declared, while signaling that he still does not back the compromise framework unveiled by the president last week, after intense negotiations with him and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), the other party member who\u0026#039;s pushed to weaken the legislation.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nManchin fell back on his long-standing concerns about the national debt and inflation, and advocated for more time to analyze the impacts of the reconciliation package, saying that \u0022I\u0026#039;m open to supporting a final bill that helps move our country forward, but I am equally open to voting against a bill that hurts our country.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn what The Hill described as a \u0022veiled swipe\u0022 at Manchin, Senate Budget Committee Chair Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Monday addressed \u0022anybody in the Democratic caucus or elsewhere that\u0026#039;s worried about fiscal responsibility and the deficit.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The fact is... that according to the [Congressional Budget Office] the infrastructure bill runs up to a $250 billion deficit. It\u0026#039;s not paid for,\u0022 Sanders told reporters on Capitol Hill. \u0022The legislation that I wanna see passed... is paid for in its entirety. It will not have an impact on inflation. So if we\u0026#039;re talking about fiscal responsibility I think what we\u0026#039;re trying to do with the reconciliation bill is the right thing.\u0022\r\n\r\nOther progressive critics accused the West Virginia Democrat of personally tanking the infrastructure measure—known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework (BIF)—and encouraged progressive Democrats in the House to keep fighting to pass both bills together.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSummarizing Monday\u0026#039;s developments, HuffPost senior politics reporter Kevin Robillard tweeted, \u0022Just want to make sure I have the past 24 hours right: Progressives move towards doing what Joe Manchin wants, then he holds a press conference and says a bunch of stuff basically guaranteeing progressives won\u0026#039;t do what he wants.\u0022\r\n\r\nIndivisible\u0026#039;s Leah Greenberg responded that \u0022Joe Manchin is doing his very best to personally tank the BIF.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), which makes up about a fifth of the House. In a pair of appearances on CNN and MSNBC, she seemed optimistic that Democrats could soon send both bills to Biden for final approval.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNoting the CPC\u0026#039;s stated support for the watered-down $1.75 trillion reconciliation legislation announced last week, Jayapal said on MSNBC that \u0022we are now awaiting negotiations amongst senators on prescription drug pricing, and child care, and some details on immigration,\u0022 but as soon as those issues are addressed, \u0022we will be excited to vote for both bills.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022We are taking the president\u0026#039;s word at the fact that he believes he can get 50 votes in the Senate,\u0022 Jayapal said of the reconciliation package, adding that she believes Democrats are \u0022very, very close\u0022 to passing the two long-negotiated pieces of legislation.\r\n\r\nDuring the CNN segment—which came after Manchin\u0026#039;s brief press conference—Jayapal reportedly said she is \u0022letting the president\u0022 deal with the West Virginia Democrat.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\u0022The president says he can get 51 votes for the bill, we are going to trust him,\u0022 the CPC chair said—referring to the fact that passing the reconciliation bill in the Senate requires the support of the full Democratic caucus plus Vice President Kamala Harris. \u0022I trust the president.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022We will soon pass a transformational agenda that actually improves the lives of working families, creates millions of jobs, and takes bold action to save our planet,\u0022 Jayapal tweeted Monday afternoon. \u0022People elected us to deliver, and we\u0026#039;re excited to do just that.\u0022\r\n\r\nThis post has been updated with comment from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).