Joe Biden on Saturday promised to meet with Americans to defend his economic reforms, saying he had “nothing radical” to try to rally a handful of elected centrists from his Democratic camp , which prevent their adoption.
During a rare visit to the United States Congress on Friday that resulted in the postponement of any vote on its two mega-investment plans indefinitely, the president of the United States has displayed unwavering optimism.
“I think I can do it,” he told reporters as he left the White House for his state of Delaware for the weekend. He said he would “work hard” to adapt the two texts.
President Biden has announced that he will be going “across the country” early next week to explain why this is so important.
His spokeswoman Jen Psaki said he would “continue close talks” with lawmakers over the weekend.
“There is nothing radical in these bills,” insisted the former senator from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.
Democratic lawmakers, who only benefit from narrow majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, must agree a $1.2 trillion infrastructure investment plan, which also has the backing of Republicans, and an amount initially for an overhaul of the welfare state. was set at $3.5 trillion.
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A final vote was scheduled this week on the infrastructure component, but elected officials from the left threatened to oppose it, in the absence of a guarantee that the social part would also be successful.
However, a handful of centrist Democrats do not want to hear about the plan, as they consider its amount excessive and finance it by raising taxes on the wealthy and multinationals.
By agreeing to postpone the vote on infrastructure, Joe Biden and Congressional Democratic leaders have actually acquiesced to a key demand from the left, which wants the fortunes of both sides to be aligned.
The president admitted on Saturday that he does not have the “vote” to pass one text independently of another.
He did not set any new deadlines for their parallel adoptions. On Friday he said he would come “no matter what”, “in six minutes, in six days or six weeks”.
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