Published On: Fri, Oct 1st, 2021

Biden Goes to House of Reps in Closed-Door Meeting

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President Joe Biden went to Capitol Hill Friday to meet with his deeply-divided caucus in the House amid divisions between progressives and moderates that threaten to derail his presidential agenda. Biden’s expansive agenda combines both the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, passed by a bipartisan vote in the Senate, and the $3.5 trillion Build Back Better Act, a bill that advanced in both the Senate and House on a party-line vote. Divisions between moderate and progressive Democrats, whose priorities differ significantly, have threatened to tank both bills over the course of weeks of political brinkmanship. Biden’s visit to the Capitol, normally a rare event, caps off continued inability by the party’s leaders to bridge these gaps. According to lawmakers in the meeting, Biden admitted that the caucus currently did not have enough votes to pass either of the bills. Still, he remained confident that the bills would pass. Biden told reporters …

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