On Thursday, President Joe Biden delivered remarks at the White House on the $1.75 trillion social spending package before he departs for Rome to meet with Pope Francis.
In his speech, the president said the framework is an important step that will help all corners of the economy while also challenging the looming threat of a warming planet.
While speaking about The Build Back Better Act, he said it will “create millions of good-paying jobs, enable more Americans to join and remain in the labor force, spur long-term growth, reduce price pressures and set the United States on course to meet its clean energy ambitions.”
Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a meeting with the Democratic caucus on Capitol Hill on Thursday about the framework for his economic agenda.
During the closed-door meeting, Speaker Nancy Pelosi pressured House Democrats to pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill as soon as Thursday, sources told Politico.
Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona “loosely” agreed to a broad framework but have not yet committed to supporting the bill, according to a congressional aide familiar with the negotiations.
Biden later added in the meeting that he doesn’t “think it’s hyperbole to say that the House and Senate majorities and my presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week,” according to two sources.