WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will welcome Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Senator Joe Manchin, DW. Va., Delaware on Sunday as Democrats scramble to strike a deal on legislation that would enact the administration’s social safety net program, three officials said.
Biden met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Schumer on Friday to continue negotiations. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would prefer to strike a deal before leaving on an overseas trip at the end of next week.
“I think we’re pretty much there now,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. She added that Manchin, Schumer and Biden were meeting “on some of the details that need to be finalized.”
“The plan” is to hold a vote this week on the nearly $ 2 trillion social spending program, Pelosi said.
The Sunday morning meeting was first reported by Politico.
“Failure is not an option here,” Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Told MSNBC on Sunday. “We make promises to the American people and we must keep those promises. “
Warren said many of the “building blocks” Democrats wanted are in the bill, “not all the things we wanted, but we have a lot.”
Friday’s White House meeting with leaders followed Biden City Hall Thursday night in Baltimore, where he offered new details on how the spending package is shaping up, addressing some things that appear to be set in stone. and others that are still in place. the air.
The president confirmed during the CNN event that he was unable to get 12 weeks of paid family leave included in the bill due to opposition from a few moderates in his party. This provision will now be reduced to four weeks.
“It’s all about compromise,” Biden told CNN. “I think we can do it. “
In anticipation of a possible deal, House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Informed lawmakers on Friday that Democratic leaders “aim” to hold votes next week on net legislation. security and on the $ 550 billion infrastructure package adopted by the Senate. Hoyer said the goal is to get both measures passed before their next hiatus, which is scheduled for November 8.