President Biden is expected to hold a series of meetings with Democratic lawmakers, including party leaders, on Wednesday as he works to keep his party united around his $ 4 trillion economic agenda and iron out deep divisions over its political proposals.
He is expected to meet with President Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, as well as lawmakers from all ideological backgrounds in his caucus, according to people familiar with the plans, who disclosed them to condition of anonymity.
The flurry of meetings comes as the two elements of his economic agenda – a bipartisan $ 1,000 billion infrastructure bill and a second $ 3.5 trillion economic package that supporters intend to push through with only Democratic votes – appear threatened as moderate and liberal Democrats attempt to pressure in a tightly divided Congress.
The Liberal Democrats remain adamant that a majority of their ranks will block a September 27 vote on the infrastructure bill, which the Senate cleared earlier this year, until the 3-pack $ 500 billion first goes through the upper house through the expedited reconciliation process.
For weeks, members of this wing of the party have insisted that their support for the infrastructure package depends on the reach and success of the larger package, which carries most of their ambitions but needs the support of virtually everyone. Congressional Democrats to avoid a Republican Filibuster and bring him to Mr. Biden’s office.
As the potential stalemate loomed, Washington State Representative Pramila Jayapal, chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, walked out of a 90-minute meeting with Ms. Pelosi on Tuesday. Ms Jayapal said she asked the meeting to reiterate that “we have to be absolutely sure it gets passed in the Senate, so that is still our position.”
But the moderates, who pushed Democratic House leaders to fix the Sept. 27 vote for infrastructure legislation, remained convinced their liberal counterparts would ultimately back the package. The much larger economic package has not been completed, with Democrats haggling over the scope and structure of the plan.
“This is of critical importance to the White House,” said Representative Josh Gottheimer, a Democrat from New Jersey and one of the moderates who pushed for the pledge. “I’m optimistic we will not only get it to the ground, but we will get the votes.”