Despite frenzied discussions, President Joe Biden voiced disappointment on Saturday as Democrats struggle to save a scaled-down version of his $3.5 trillion government-overhaul plan and a linked public works measure.
It’s part of being in government to be irritated, said Biden to reporters just before he left the White House for a weekend at his residence in Wilmington, Delaware. The two cornerstones of his domestic agenda, he said, will be “work like hell” but he didn’t give an updated timeline.
A Stalled Bill
After a secret meeting with House Democrats on Friday, the president returned to the White House on Saturday for a more public discussion with the caucus. According to parliamentarians present, he mentioned a broader package that would enhance the country’s social safety net costing between $1.9 trillion and $2 trillion or more.
Preparations are in place for a long-term bargaining process. Joe Biden promised to travel across the country to sell the measure, and he recognised concerns that the discourse in Washington had become too focused on the trillions in new spending and taxes.
New and enlarged initiatives, he said, are widely supported by the people, and he vowed to do more to educate them about them.
After saying on Saturday that he would try to sell the American people on his ideas, Joe Biden went on to say that he was confident they would be purchased.