President Joe Biden, Friday (1/10), came to the House of Congress (Capitol Hill) to meet with lawmakers in their office as Democrats seek to save the government’s budget is reduced from the $3.5 trillion budget. The president is also trying to salvage a related public works bill after days of tense negotiations that resulted in no agreement.
News agency AP reports, Biden was greeted by party leaders and headed straight for a private meeting with Democrats in the House of Representatives.
When Biden walked out of the hour -long meeting, he told reporters he said, “We’ll finish it,” but refused to set a schedule.
“It doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t matter if it’s six minutes, six days or six weeks. We’ll work it out,” he said.
A vote on Friday (1/10) on one of the budget bills is unlikely to happen, creating fears that the implementation of the president’s main domestic agenda will be dragged down.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has dashed hopes of a quick compromise, despite his late Thursday night of hours of diplomacy with White House aides on Capitol Hill, when he refused to budge on his demands for a smaller overall package, approx. $1.5 trillion. [my/pp]