Biden is set to announce revised social spending plan that he thinks Democrats will FINALLY approve – as he delays Rome trip to meet with party members on Capitol Hill
President Joe Biden will announce a new framework for his Build Back Better reconciliation bill Thursday morning that he believes will finally get majorities of Congressional Democrats to sign on.
The president will meet with Democrats on Capitol Hill Thursday morning, before delivering remarks to the nation.
President Joe Biden (left), captured Tuesday campaigning for Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe (right), is expected to announce a new framework Thursday for the Build Back Better reconciliation bill
‘The President will speak to the House Democratic Caucus this morning to provide an update about the Build Back Better agenda and the bipartisan infrastructure deal,’ a White House official said in a statement. ‘Before departing for his foreign trip, he will return to the White House and speak to the American people about the path forward for his economic agenda and the next steps to getting it done.’
Biden then travels with First Lady Jill Biden to Rome, where he’ll meet with Pope Francis and other leaders on Friday before participating in this weekend’s G20 Leaders’ Summit.
The president had been hoping that Congress would vote on the Build Back Better reconciliation bill – which had originally been priced at a $3.5 trillion investment in ‘human infrastructure’ priorities and climate change provisions – before leaving for Italy and Scotland.
In Glasgow, he will participate in the United Nations’ COP26 climate summit.
It’s unclear what components will remain in the bill.
Paid family leave, for instance, was seemingly on the chopping block.
Democrats have been forced to whittle down the package due to resistance from moderate Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was spotted in deep conversation with Manchin on the Senate floor Wednesday, later telling reporters that she was trying to change his mind on paid family leave.
‘He’s looking into the details and he said he would remain open-minded,’ she said. ‘It’s not out. It’s not over till it’s over.’
At the same time, Biden’s $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill – which already passed in the Senate – is stuck in the House, as progressives push to keep social programs, like paid family leave, in the reconciliation bill.