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 He put everything on the table in his fight for his domestic agenda in the last hours before leaving Washington for Rome on Thursday.
He delayed his departure to travel to Capitol Hill at the last minute, hoping to plead with Democrats to mobilize around a new package of reduced social and climate spending. He ran back to the White House to deliver a speech on his new plan.
He even had his old partner 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 – who rarely speak on an issue unless it is serious – have opinions on the framework proposal.
The all-out effort comes for a reason: Biden faces a critical juncture in his presidency.
Sinking in the polls, Biden has faced a difficult summer and fall marked by a pandemic that won’t go away, an ugly and embarrassing exit from Afghanistan, and crippling fights within his party that have left Republicans confident they will regain the majority. of the camera. next year.
The worst could come next week if Democrat Terry McAuliffe falls in the Virginia gubernatorial race.
Biden wanted Thursday to address an international climate conference with as much momentum as possible. And it has broad agreement on a social spending framework that would be a lasting achievement.
However, it seems likely that Democratic infighting and distrust between liberals and centrists will undermine any possible victory.
The president “desperately needs a victory soon and the White House knows it,” said a strategist who acknowledged that things had not turned out like Biden. “It’s been a pretty dark period for him in the last few months.”
The White House would love to see the House pass a $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill already passed by the Senate. Passing the popular bipartisan package would be a clear victory for Biden.
“Any president likes to have a little wind on his back for a great international trip and President Biden is no different,” added Democratic strategist Joel Payne.
But with Liberals holding out on Thursday even under pressure from the president 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.) And the president himself, the vote did not seem likely.
And if there is no vote, at some level it is another lost moment and a week for the White House, given the importance that party leaders attach to it.
“With each passing week, the window of action narrows for the president and the Democrats in Congress,” Payne said.
The last-minute meetings at Hill were a gamble for Biden, who announced the reduced frame in a White House speech after meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill.
Shortly after the speech, Biden boarded Air Force One for the 10-hour trip to Rome.
“I think everyone hopes this all comes together,” said an ally close to the White House. “But it will not be easy”.
In his speech Thursday, Biden called it a “historic” landmark and emphasized that commitment was at the center.
“Nobody got everything they wanted, including me. But that is compromise, that is consensus. And that’s what I followed, ”the president said in the speech from the East Room.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Rome, the White House Chief Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreBiden defends McAuliffe in her election brand test Overnight Defense & National Security – Presented by Boeing – The United States is ‘deeply alarmed’ by reports of military takeover in Sudan New hacking efforts show that Russia was unfazed by US actions MORE He described the framework as a sign of progress in the negotiations, but acknowledged that much remains to be done.
“Of course, there are still details to be worked out and the framework will guide the drafting of the legislative language,” said Jean-Pierre. “We see today as progress and progress in getting this done for the American people.”
The events set a high-stakes test for the White House in the coming days, while Biden is also abroad attending the Group of 20 and UN climate summits.
Richard Fontaine, executive director of the Center for a New American Security and a former foreign policy adviser to the late senator. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMcCain criticizes Graham for refuting funeral comment on Kushner, Ivanka Trump Flake, Cindy McCain among latest confirmed Biden ambassadors after Meghan McCain delay to Trump: ‘Thanks for the publicity’ MORE (R-Ariz.), Said an agreement is important for Biden to signal to other nations that the United States can overcome its divisions.
Jim Kessler, executive vice president for policy at the Third Way Center’s Democratic think tank, argued that Biden had what he needed to head to Europe.
“I think it’s like the moment the pilot tells you to lift the trays and fasten your seatbelt because we’ll be landing soon, but you’re not at the door,” Kessler said.
“This feels like the last steps for both of them to pass,” he said of the infrastructure and broader spending bills. “I still feel like there will be periods where it seems like it’s not happening, but it’s going to happen.”