Progressives see budget deal getting close after Biden meeting
Added 10-19-21 07:57:02pm EST - “Progressive lawmakers emerged Tuesday from a meeting at the White House saying President Biden has taken charge of the negotiations over his sweeping domestic agenda, is offering specific spending recommendations ?" and has boosted…” - Thehill.com
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Progressive lawmakers emerged Tuesday from a meeting at the White House saying President BidenJoe BidenJan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Two House Democrats to retire ahead of challenging midterms MORE has taken charge of the negotiations over his sweeping domestic agenda, is offering specific spending recommendations — and has boosted the Democrats' hopes of winning an agreement in the coming weeks.
To create a sense of urgency, Biden is urging lawmakers to put their differences aside and get a bill to his desk before he and other top Democrats head to Glasgow for an international summit on climate change, a gathering that begins on Oct. 31.
"I felt that we're closer to a deal than I've ever felt before. I felt the president was engaged in the details of the negotiation in a way he hasn't been before,” said Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaParis Hilton to visit Capitol Hill to advocate for bill on children's treatment centers Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases Congress needs to step up on crypto, or Biden might crush it MORE (D-Calif.), one of nine House progressives who huddled with Biden in the Oval Office.
The comments came amid a busy day at the White House, where Biden was toiling to salvage his economic agenda. The president met separately with a pair of centrist senators — Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by the American Petroleum Institute — Democrats address reports that clean energy program will be axed Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Colin Powell's death highlights risks for immunocompromised Progressive coalition unveils ad to pressure Manchin on Biden spending plan MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaManchin meets with Sanders, Jayapal amid spending stalemate Manchin on finishing agenda by Halloween: 'I don't know how that would happen' Biden meets with Jayapal to kick off week of pivotal meetings MORE (D-Ariz.) — who have resisted his economic plans, then hosted the larger group of progressives before rounding out the day with moderates of both chambers. Vice President Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenOn The Money — Democrats tee up Senate spending battles with GOP Treasury to use extraordinary measures despite debt ceiling hike Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair MORE also participated.
The hands-on approach appeared to bear fruit. Manchin, returning from the White House, announced that he was set to launch focused talks with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersManchin meets with Sanders, Jayapal amid spending stalemate America can end poverty among its elderly citizens Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair MORE (I-Vt.), Sinema and Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBiden's Supreme Court commission ends not with a bang but a whimper Hispanic organizations call for Latino climate justice in reconciliation Senate to vote next week on Freedom to Vote Act MORE (D-N.Y.) in an effort to break the months-long impasse that’s threatened to tank the massive social benefits package at the heart of Biden’s domestic policy wish-list.
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