Biden says he will “work like hell” to pass infrastructure and social spending bills By Reuters

© Reuters. United States President Joe Biden speaks to reporters as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi watches after the president met with Democratic lawmakers at the United States Capitol to promote his bill. bipartisan infrastructure conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, on October 1 and 20.

By Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Saturday he was going to “work like hell” to get Congress to pass both an infrastructure bill and a multi-trillion-dollar social spending bill. dollars and plans to travel more to bolster support from Americans. .

Biden visited the Capitol on Friday to try to end a fight between moderates and de Left leans towards progressives in his Democratic Party who have threatened the two bills that make up the core of his domestic agenda.

On Saturday, the president acknowledged criticism that he had not done more to gain support for the bills by traveling across the country. He noted that there were many reasons for that, including his focus on hurricane and storm damage during recent travel, among other things.

Biden said he would go around the country “explaining why it is so important” and making it clearer to people what the two bills contain.

He said he wanted the bills to make life more livable for ordinary Americans by making child care affordable, for example.

“There is nothing in any of these laws that is radical, that is unreasonable,” Biden said. “I’m going to try to sell what I think the people, the American people, will buy.”

Biden expressed confidence that both bills would pass, but declined to set a deadline, such as the November Thanksgiving holiday, for when it would happen.

“I think I can do this,” Biden said.

Moderate Democratic lawmakers wanted an immediate vote on a $ 1 trillion infrastructure bill in the House of Representatives that has already passed the Senate, while progressives want to wait until there is agreement on a $ 1 billion bill. $ 3.5 trillion to boost social spending and fight climate change.

Biden, a former senator who is deeply familiar with how the legislative process works, told his group on Friday that they could delay a vote on the smallest bill and slash the largest to around $ 2 trillion.

Meanwhile, the president said Saturday that he hoped Republicans would not use filibuster in the Senate to block efforts to raise the debt ceiling.

“That would be totally unthinkable,” he said.

The Treasury Department estimates it has until about October 18 for Congress to raise the government’s $ 28.4 trillion debt limit or risk a debt default with potentially catastrophic economic consequences.

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