Biden delays meeting with Pope Francis over spending budget crisis – .

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Biden delays meeting with Pope Francis over spending budget crisis – .


President Biden arrived at Capitol Hill in a last ditch effort to strike a deal on his Build Back Better plan between warring factions in his party – after apparently having to delay his flight to visit Pope Francis in order to hold crisis talks for a long period. -necessary legislative victory.

Biden, who keeps a photo of the Pope behind his desk in the Oval Office, was due to fly to Rome on Thursday morning, ready for his first meeting with the pontiff since taking office in January.

But he was forced to postpone his flight for several hours to continue his crucial talks on Capitol Hill.

As The Post previously reported, Biden will meet with House Democrats around 9 a.m. Thursday in a bid to break the conference deadlock and get a vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill passed by the Senate.

He is expected to speak from the East Room of the White House at 11:30 am “on the way forward for his economic program and the next steps to get there,” according to the White House.

President Biden, followed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, arrives at the United States Capitol in Washington, DC on October 28, 2021.
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President Joe Biden walks through a hallway in the Capitol basement to meet with House Democrats, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, October 28, 2021.
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It is only after 12:30 p.m. – a few hours after the originally scheduled date – that he will leave for his flight to the Vatican, where he is due to meet the Pope on Friday.

The last time Biden met with House Democrats on Capitol Hill on October 1, he made it clear that there would be no movement on the infrastructure deal until a deal was reached on the final form of the social expenditure measure.

President Joe Biden is greeted by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) as he arrives to speak to the House Democratic Caucus to provide an update on the Build Back Better program and the bipartite agreement on infrastructure.
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“I’m telling you, we’ll get there,” Biden said at the time. “It doesn’t matter if it’s six minutes, six days, or six weeks. We are going to do it.

Thursday’s visit comes as Democrats fight within their party to reach agreement on the massive social spending bill, which they are trying to push through Congress without the support of Republicans, through of the parliamentary reconciliation maneuver – which requires full democratic unity.

Progressive Democrats have sworn they will vote to scrap the $ 1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan unless the social spending bill is first passed by both houses of Congress, while the moderates have promised not to vote for the upper progressive line.

Senator Joe Manchin was one of many recalcitrant votes on Biden's reconciliation bill, saying the price was too high for Americans.
Senator Joe Manchin was one of many recalcitrant votes on Biden’s reconciliation bill, saying the price was too high for Americans.
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President Biden walks with Nancy Pelosi inside Capitol Hill on October 28, 2021.
President Biden walks with Nancy Pelosi inside Capitol Hill on October 28, 2021.
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Several policies have been put on the chopping block as Congress awaits the final framework, including paid family leave – which Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) opposed on Wednesday. Other Democrats urged the moderate senator to change his mind.

The free community college should also be missing from the final bill, while any tax increases should be included.

Amid growing anger over Biden’s management of the economy, the president made no secret of his desire to reach a deal on his massive social spending bill before he left for Europe. .

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks to reporters about US President Joe Biden's upcoming trip to Europe to attend the G-20 summit.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks to reporters about US President Joe Biden’s upcoming trip to Europe to attend the G-20 summit.
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“It would be very, very positive to do that before the trip,” Biden said on Monday.

But as talks continued, administration officials began to downplay the importance of Biden’s spending plan which was still hovering in limbo rather than being locked down.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki stressed that the president could still use phones from Rome, suggesting on Wednesday that foreign leaders could see past ongoing talks with lawmakers in their country.

Biden, the second Catholic president of the United States, is scheduled to meet with the Pope on October 29, 2021
Joe Biden, the second Catholic president of the United States, is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis on October 29, 2021
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Biden, the country’s second Catholic president, is still scheduled to meet Francis at the Vatican on Friday.

“They will just have a chance to reflect, each of them, on their vision of what is going on in the world, of political problems,” White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Tuesday.

Biden will also visit Italian hosts at the G-20 summit before sitting down with French President Emmanuel Macron, in a bid to close a loophole created when the US and UK agreed to provide sub- nuclear-powered sailors to Australia, supplanting a French contract in the process.

US Senator Kyrsten Sinema also expressed a similar hesitation over Biden's spending bill.
US Senator Kyrsten Sinema also expressed a similar hesitation over Biden’s spending bill.
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Biden is also expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, where he is expected to address the Iranian nuclear threat, and Iran’s announcement that he could resume talks next month in Vienna.

With post wires

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