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Biden to Meet With Democrats on Pushing His Economic Agenda

  • September 22, 2021

For weeks, those in that wing of the party have insisted that their support for the infrastructure package is contingent on the scope and success of the larger package, which carries most of their ambitions but needs the backing of virtually every Democrat in Congress to avoid a Republican filibuster and get it to Mr. Biden’s desk.

As the potential stalemate brewed, Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington State, the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, emerged from a 90-minute meeting with Ms. Pelosi on Tuesday. Ms. Jayapal said she had requested the meeting to reiterate that “we need to be absolutely sure it is passed in the Senate, and so that’s still our position.”

But moderates, who pushed House Democratic leaders to set the Sept. 27 vote for the infrastructure legislation, remained confident that their liberal counterparts would ultimately support the package. The far more expansive economic package has not been completed, with Democrats haggling over the scope and structure of the plan.

“This is critically important to the White House,” said Representative Josh Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat and one of the moderates who pushed for that commitment. “I’m optimistic we’ll not only get it to the floor, but we’ll get the votes.”

Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/22/us/politics/biden-democrats-agenda.html

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