By LISAMAS CARO and KEVIN PREKING
Washington (AP) – In a personal effort, President Joe Biden pressured fellow Democrats to speed up work on his big “rebuild better” agenda on Wednesday, possibly as the party struggles. Fill that department in Congress ahead of the important voting deadline that told them to come up with a good framework and their best budget.
Biden and lawmakers in the Democratic House and Senate meet in a series of hours of private White House sessions that last through the night, 3.5 trillion in Biden as lawmakers struggle to draft the details of their ambitious efforts. Summoned to a large confluence of dollar packages. Faced with Republican opposition, Democratic leaders are counting on the president to revitalize the consensus between progressives and centrists within the party.
Biden first consulted with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Speaker of the Senate Chuck Schumer, then held separate sessions with moderate and progressive Senators and Representatives. The president listened enthusiastically, but also strongly indicated that he hoped for immediate progress by next week.
“We are in good shape,” Pelosi told reporters after returning to Capitol Hill.
The White House called the meeting “productive and frank,” and said follow-up work would continue soon. Earlier today, spokesman Jen Psaki said the White House has come to realize over time that “a deeper involvement of the president is needed.”
Biden’s focus on big-budget national proposals shows how politically endangered the president and his parliamentary party are. The administration suffers from frustration elsewhere, especially with the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the protracted COVID-19 crisis, and Democrats are eager to keep their campaign promises and are running out of time.
Congress is competing for Monday’s deadline for a $ 1,000 billion House vote on public works measures, the first part of Biden’s plan. This now also serves as a deadline for the creation of a broader global compromise framework.
At one point, Biden told lawmakers the White House has plenty of meeting rooms for research this weekend.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin barked at a price tag of $ 3.5 trillion, but the president said he told him to figure out how much he could live in.
“He basically said, ‘Find him,’” Manchin said. “‘Work on it, give me a number.'”
“The president is really excited,” Senator Ron Wyden of the Oregon Senate Finance Committee said after the last session in the evening.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives and the Senate are working to maintain public funding and suspend federal debt limits beyond the end of September 30 to avoid catastrophic closings and defaults of government agencies. United States. He remained stagnant with another package. The Senate Republican Party rejected a bill passed in the House of Representatives.
Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell said at a press conference on Tuesday that he had lost the extension of debt limits “neither we can think about it nor what we should be thinking” .
When it comes to Biden’s big plans, the president and Democrats don’t appear to have fully resolved their differences before Monday’s test vote on more modest public works bills for highways, broadband and road projects. public water. low.
Centrist Democrats want a thinner public works bill to pass quickly and have expressed concern over the cost of Biden’s broader vision, while Progressive Democrats are tied to bigger packages. Unless you have done so, we are abstaining from voting for $ 1 trillion measures that we believe are insufficient.
Union of Centrists leader Josh Gottheimer, who attended one of the White House meetings, said everyone was on board to pass the bill on Monday and work on a bigger package . paddy field.
However, Washington Congressman Pramirajayapal, chairman of the Parliamentary Progressive Caucus, released a statement after another meeting with Biden, with around 50 members taking bipartisan action, unless it is linked to a more bill. large. He reiterated that he would vote against. She said the two bills must work “together” to win a progressive vote.
Beyond public works measures, Biden’s “rebuilding” program is a radical overhaul of federal taxes and spending, with a late investment in the president’s efforts to tackle health care, family services and climate change. Do something to see.
The $ 3.5 trillion package imposes tax hikes on businesses and wealthy Americans who earn more than $ 400,000 a year, investing in climate change and putting that money into a federal agenda for the men and women of all ages. I will give back.
Tensions are mounting as the Biden agenda is an important campaign promise not only from the president, but from most Democrats, including the House of Representatives, which is due for re-election next year.
Nevada Representative Steven Horsford, who attended a moderated group meeting with Biden, said:
Typically, more than 20 lawmakers have been invited to speak with Biden, moderates and progressives, and in separate meetings that last until the evening, Senator Kyrsten Sinema, another centrist in Manchin and Arizona, is the best. I made a pitch.
Despite the controversy, many Democrats are hopeful that the end product will ultimately gain strong party support, even if its version is adjusted or scaled down in line with Biden’s larger vision. It is said.
But Congressman Stephanie Murphy, leader of the centrist Bluedog Caucus group, said the big bill would take longer. “I don’t know if we are still in a closed area,” she said.
Meanwhile, the government faces shutdown when funds stop on September 30 at the end of the year. Additionally, at some point in October, the United States risks defaulting on debt accumulation if the borrowing limit is not waived or adjusted.
Pressed to avoid its dire consequences, Democratic-led households passed a funds and debt bill on Tuesday night, but Republicans refused Senate support despite the risk of causing a financial crisis. ing.
Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell said finding votes has been a problem since Democrats have led the White House and Congress. When the Republican Party was in power, it relied on bipartisan cooperation to approve debt relief measures.
But in the 50-50 Senate, Democrats will struggle to find 10 Republicans who meet the 60-vote threshold needed to defeat filibuster. Other options that attempt to get past the debt ceiling package can be procedurally difficult.
Associated Press editors Alan Fram, Martin Crutsinger, Darlene Superville, Brian Slodysko, and Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.