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Biden pushes for action on infrastructure and broader agenda

EconomySep 28, 2021 09:35PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden walks from Marine One as he returns from Camp David to the White House in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2021. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden and his top aides on Tuesday pushed members of his own party to fund not just infrastructure but his broader agenda as talks over bills for both intensified.

Biden met privately with lawmakers, including conservative Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, who have balked at the size of the spending packages under consideration.

Those meetings at the White House came as Congress wrestled over a $1 trillion roads, bridges and pipes bill that has drawn support from some Democrats and Republicans, as well as separate legislation making $3.5 trillion of investments in childcare, healthcare and housing.

Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, told reporters after a meeting with Sinema ended without an apparent final agreement that the two Democrats had "agreed that we are at a pivotal moment."

Biden, she said, "asked his team to follow up later this afternoon with her directly to continue the conversation" but declined to comment on how far talks had progressed.

Leadership in both chambers privately tried to beat back concerns from Democrats about whether they stand on sufficiently firm political footing to pass both bills, as well as a set of emergency measures keeping the government from shutting down and defaulting on its debt.

Government funding is set to expire on Thursday. Its borrowing authority is due to run out on Oct. 18.

A poll released by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a think tank, on Tuesday found bipartisan support for many of the tax increases Democrats have proposed to pay for the $3.5 trillion bill. Those measures include levies on companies' foreign income, increased Internal Revenue Service enforcement and a commitment to only raise taxes on people making more than $400,000 per year.

With the exception of some Senate Republicans breaking ranks to boost the infrastructure measure, they have largely lined up against Biden's spending agenda, as well as raising the nation's $28.4 trillion debt limit to pay for programs already passed by Congress.

Democrats, meanwhile, control the Senate and House of Representatives by only narrow margins and are divided on the best way to use that power before elections next year.

That has left Biden and his allies on Capitol Hill with the task of convincing virtually all of his party's delegation to support him.

Some Democratic lawmakers would prefer to support only the infrastructure measure. Others have said they would only support the infrastructure bill if the larger social spending bill is also passed.

"It would be a dereliction of duty for us to build the infrastructure of America without doing so in a manner that addresses the climate crisis significantly," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told colleagues. "To do so, we must pass the Build Back Better Act. As I write this to you, negotiations are being led by President Biden to advance his vision."

Biden pushes for action on infrastructure and broader agenda
 

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YC Teng
YC Teng Sep 29, 2021 12:49AM ET
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It's not Democrats. It's America needs another raise... Ohhh Come on!
Ferdinando Riboni
Ferdinando Riboni Sep 28, 2021 11:34PM ET
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Democrats need another raise...ohhh come on. !
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Ac Tektrader Sep 28, 2021 11:09PM ET
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green mango at it again spreading misinformation and conspiracy.
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Darren Caris Sep 28, 2021 10:38PM ET
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Another sereptitious hit piece from the media arm of the Democratic party. There is no support for reducing SALT, which is a hand out to the wealthy
Green Mango
Green Mango Sep 28, 2021 10:36PM ET
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If you are non US resident watching this happen, the disconnect between reality and press reports must be confusing. Believe your eyes, not the lying press which will never be honest. This pathetic old man is corrupt and senile. Obama's stay behind network of radical leftists is orchestrating a slow coup in America with globalist world billionaire club members set to take control. Australia is the test case. It is a launch to tyranny. Have fun
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Darren Caris Sep 28, 2021 10:36PM ET
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dead right
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You and the Democrats are in no position to "push" ANYTHING. You need to get back in your basement and SHUT UP.
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stallone... trump lost Bidon won get over it. Trump is a crook Bidon is. not.
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Even democrats don’t like him.
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ben sc Sep 28, 2021 5:48PM ET
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The secret service is leakinh he refuses to wear diapers.
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I think he may be pinching one off in that photo.....
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"the two Democrats had 'agreed that we are at a pivotal moment' and on the 'need to continue to work to finalize the path forward.'" Translation: Biden got nowhere with them.
 
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