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Biden meets Democrat Pramila Jayapal at the White House

Biden meets Democrat Pramila Jayapal at the White House while progressives tear into Manchin’s ‘terrible’ proposal to include work requirements in child tax credit qualifications in the multi-trillion dollar spending package

  • It Follows Biden’s repeat meetings with Senate holdouts Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia
  • Biden on Friday acknowledged the package would shrink from $3.5 trillion
  • Jayapal is calling to maintain programs for paid leave, child care, pre-K, and community college
  • After Biden floated a compromise closer to $2 trillion she called the number ‘too low’ and said ‘I would really like to be closer to three’


President Joe Biden met with progressive Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal at the White House Monday, days after saying his $3.5 trillion build back better plan will shrink, with community college and climate change programs on the ropes.

Biden’s meeting with the Washington Democrat, who chairs the House Progressive Caucus, comes after he has held repeat meetings with Senate holdouts Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. 

Manchin reportedly weighed in with the White House against the bill’s clean energy program, which relies on $150 billion in incentives to try to shift utilities to clean energy sources. Manchin is also demanding a work requirement for the administration’s signature child tax cut program, which is expiring, while pushing for a $60,000 family income cap, Axios reported. 

President Joe Biden met with progressive Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal as the White House seeks to negotiate a solution to the impasse over his stalled Build Back Better initiative 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that Biden would hold further conversations with lawmakers Monday, and he plans to meet separately with groups of progressive and centrist lawmakers. 

Jayapal on Monday once again tried to put focus on the bill’s array of social programs, which include coverage for child care, pre-K, and expanded paid leave.

She tweeted Monday: ‘Today would be a GREAT day to invest in 12 weeks of paid leave, child care, pre-k, community college, climate action, health care, affordable housing, homecare, and a roadmap to citizenship for immigrants. Let’s come together and get this done!’

She wrote in another missive: ‘Low income voters delivered Democrats the House, the Senate, and the White House — because we promised transformational change that would improve their lives. It’s time to deliver on that promise by passing the Build Back Better Act.’

The meeting comes as Sen. Joe Manchin has signaled opposition to climate programs and wants to dramatically scale back a child tax credit proposal

The meeting comes as Sen. Joe Manchin has signaled opposition to climate programs and wants to dramatically scale back a child tax credit proposal

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has had multiple White House visits, but the White House has not said what her objections are

Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) has had multiple White House visits, but the White House has not said what her objections are

Biden said on Friday in Connecticut: ‘I don’t know that I can get it done, but I also had proposed this free community college.’ 

Biden is set to fly to his hometown of Scranton on Wednesday as he seeks to build support for the plan, amid polls show most Americans don’t know what’s in it amid the focus on haggling over the price tag. ‘The president is certainly feeling an urgency to move things forward, to get things done,’ said Psaki.

After Biden floated to Democrats a total package of around $2 trillion, she urged him to hold firm, telling the Associated Press that number was ‘too low,’ saying ‘I would really like to be closer to three.’ 

Word of Manchin’s latest negotiating posture has drawn furious pushback from progressives. After Axios reported on Manchin’s position, New York Rep. Mondaire Jones tweeted: ‘Manchin insisted on passing the bipartisan infrastructure bill first—to the point of suggesting passing the Build Back Better Act next year—to avoid embarrassing headlines like this. But the American people, and his constituents, deserve to know how terrible his positions are.’ 

Wajahat Ali of the Daily Beast called Manchin’s position ‘Cruel.’

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