(Washington) Joe Biden expressed optimism Tuesday after intense negotiations with elected Democrats, as the US president races against time to pass his key economic and social reforms in Congress.
“After a day of constructive meetings, the President is more confident tonight about the way forward to provide the American people with strong, sustainable growth that benefits all,” UN spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a White House statement.
After weeks of deadlock between the left wing of the Democratic Party and the centrists over the cost and scale of his massive program of social spending (education, health and childcare) and the environment, the Democratic president has stepped up his efforts.
The president has held talks at the White House with elected officials on both sides of the debate, and on Wednesday will travel to Scranton, the labor-inhabited city of Pennsylvania where he was born, to promote his plans in a speech.
“There was broad consensus on the need to move forward over the next few days and on the fact that the window of fire to finish a comprehensive project was closing,” said Jen Psaki.
Earlier, Democrat-elect Pramila Jayapal, leader of the Progressives in the House of Representatives, expressed optimism at the end of discussions with Joe Biden in the White House.
Tout comme le chef des démocrates au Sénat, Chuck Schumer, qui mardi après un déjeuner avec d’autres élus démocrates, a souligné qu’il existait « une entente générale » sur le besover pour un rét réven this week “.
He assured reporters that “the pace has accelerated and the will is strong to achieve this.”
Joe Biden has met with two key Democratic senators – Joe Manchin and Kirsten Senema, whose opposition to his $3.5 trillion plan to reform America’s social fabric amounts to a veto.
For if the Democrats control Congress, their majority in the Senate is so weak that any defection is impossible.
Still, Joe Manchin said he’s ready to vote on social spending in the $1.5 trillion range.
After meeting with Joe Biden, Pramila Jayapal said the latest counteroffer was in the $1.9 trillion to $2.2 trillion range.
Progressive House Democrats, for their part, are refusing to vote on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure development and renovation plan that most Democrats and a large number of Republicans want, without a guarantee on social spending.
Their argument: Centrist Democrats, once the bridges and roads are funded, will be very happy to postpone the vote on the social side until the Greek calendar.
If the rivalry continued to open up in the Democratic camp, Jen Psaki was confident.
“We had months to evaluate, debate, and plead,” she said. “Soon it will be time to move forward and deliver results to the American people.”
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