President Joe Biden is meeting with Democrats in Washington, D.C. this morning to agree on infrastructure and budget issues before flying to Europe later today.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi advised House Democrats not to “embarrass” President Joe Biden by voting down a $1 trillion infrastructure measure before Biden’s trip to the Middle East. The warning highlights the tremendous stakes for the divided party currently, as the President’s plan hangs in the balance. House Democratic leaders are pressing to vote on the infrastructure measure, even though key progressives have said they would vote no.
Moreover, on Capitol Hill Thursday, President Joe Biden met with House Democrats to push a framework for a broader climate and economic package. Progressives have stated that a framework alone will not earn them votes. The trip was a last-ditch effort to bring the party together to agree on the plan and a House vote on the infrastructure measure.
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden met with House Democrats for the first time to lay out his $1.75 trillion infrastructure and climate plan in person. Even though numerous Democratic goals were omitted from the plan, Biden used the closed-door discussion to emphasize upon Democrats the scope and scale of what those aspects represent. Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday that progressives need more than simply a framework on the social safety net package to support the infrastructure plan. According to two persons familiar with the situation, not all Democrats have signed off on the framework unveiled by President Joe Biden on Thursday morning.
Furthermore, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrats are “near to agreement” on the larger spending bill. The Rules Committee will convene on Thursday to show progress, but it’s unclear whether a bill will be ready by then. The $1.75 trillion plan focuses on family care, solving the climate catastrophe, improving health-care access, and cutting middle-class prices. With $320 billion in renewable energy tax credits, it is the biggest investment in climate change mitigation in U.S. history.