President BidenJoe BidenBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for Removal of IRS Bank Reporting Proposal from Spending Bill Overnight Health Care – Presented by Altria – Vulnerable Democrats Push Drug Pricing Plan MORE on Thursday he defended his social spending framework while trying to sell the public a narrow economic agenda, even as several Democratic congressmen seem unsure about supporting his plan.
Biden, in a speech in the East Room after meeting with House Democrats, praised what was included in the recently revealed $ 1.75 trillion social spending and climate plan, calling the reduced framework a a commitment that reflected the realities of democracy.
“Nobody got everything they wanted, including me, but that’s commitment, that’s consensus, and that’s what I followed. For a long time I have said that compromise and consensus are the only way to do great things in a democracy, important things for the country, ”Biden said during his remarks at the White House.
“I know it’s difficult, I know how deeply people feel about the things they fight for. But this framework includes historic investments in our nation and in our people, ”he added.
Shortly after his comments, the former President ObamaBarack Hussein Obama Biden is finishing what Obama started with early learning Cotton tells Garland: ‘Thank goodness you’re not on the Supreme Court’ Budowsky: Vote for Terry McAuliffe: Midterm elections have begun MORE issued a statement calling the framework “a great step forward”, acknowledging that “it does not contain everything the president proposed and that some expected” but “it represents the best opportunity we have had in years to take advantage of the progress we have made. during my administration and address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. “
Biden framed the approval of the new plan as a matter of critical importance to ensure that the United States does not lag behind other developed nations in education, infrastructure or economic productivity. But he fell short of setting a timeline or asking Congress to pass the reconciliation bill or a bipartisan infrastructure bill right away.
He argued that investments in health care, child care and family care would go a long way for American workers concerned about the care of their parents and children. And he praised investments in credits for electric vehicles and clean energy as potentially transformative in the fight against climate change.
“It’s not about left versus right or moderate versus progressive or anything else that pits Americans against each other. It’s about competitiveness versus complacency, ”he said. “It’s about leading the world or letting the world pass us by.”
He argued that the framework will create millions of jobs and grow the economy, and that it is fully paid for and will reduce the deficit over time, citing economists.
“For too long, the workers of this nation and the middle class of this country have been eliminated from the American deal. It is time to re-negotiate them, ”he said. “I ran for president saying it was time to reduce the burden on the middle class … that’s why I wrote these bills in the first place and brought them to the people.”
The president said he will have more to say about the framework after their meetings in Europe next week. He is expected to leave on Thursday afternoon after statements for his trip to Europe to attend the Group of 20 (G20 summit) and an international climate conference.
Biden did not respond to media inquiries after his comments, telling reporters: “I will see you in Italy and Scotland.”
While Biden touted that he and the Democrats had agreed to a “landmark” framework, many Democrats on Capitol Hill did not commit to supporting the plan after it was revealed.
“Clearly, in my opinion, it has some major loopholes,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Noting the absence of a plan to cut prescription drug prices and a paid family leave program.
Some House progressives, like Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi Tlaib Climate Defenders Set Their Eyes On Wall Street House Progressives Call On Biden To End All New Fossil Fuels That Allow Ilhan Omar To Get To Biden: ‘Keep Your Promise To Cancel Student Debt’ MORE (D-Mich.), Indicated that they were not convinced they endorsed a bipartisan infrastructure bill based on Biden’s comments. Instead, they still want to see the final text of the reconciliation package so that the two items can pass together.
Sense. Joe manchinJoe ManchinBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for IRS Bank Reporting Proposal Removed from Spending Bill Democrats Try to Back Manchin on Removal of the paid family leave proposal PLUS (DW.Va.) and Kyrsten CinemaKyrsten Sinema21 House Democrats Call For IRS Banking Reporting Proposal To Be Removed From Overnight Health Care Spending Bill – Brought To By Altria – Vulnerable House Democrats Push For On The Drug Pricing Plan Money – Will Joe Manchin ‘s Billionaire Tax Survive? PLUS (D-Ariz.), Whom the White House has spent weeks courting to back the reconciliation package amid spending concerns, would not directly say it would vote for the framework.
Biden went to the Capitol and met with lawmakers for about an hour Thursday to sell the frame to Democrats. Spokesman Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Money Report: Will Joe Manchin Billion Dollar Tax Survive? Energy and Environment Overnight – Presented by American Clean Power – Democrats Prepare to Grill Oil Executives MORE (D-Calif.) He told Democrats after the meeting that he will carry the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the Senate later that day.
Progressives have delayed the bill passed by the Senate for months, demanding a vote on the biggest social spending and climate plan. In his meeting with Democrats, Biden increased pressure on the party to approve his agenda before his trip, telling them: “The rest of the world is wondering if we can function.”