Biden makes last-minute push for agenda before heading overseas

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In a last-minute push before heading overseas, President Joe Biden headed to Capitol Hill Thursday morning to try to get all Democrats behind his social spending and climate policy agenda.

On a call with reporters, senior administration officials laid out the framework of a $1.75 trillion social spending package President Biden will present to House Democrats, including skeptical progressives.

“The president believes this framework will earn the support of all 50 Democratic senators, and pass the House,” an administration official said.

Biden makes last-minute push for agenda before heading overseas
© Jonathan Ernst/Reuters President Joe Biden is greeted by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer as he arrives to speak to the House Democratic Caucus at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Oct. 28, 2021.

Biden pulled up to the Capitol shortly after 9 a.m., flanked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, responding only with “It’s a good day” to a reporter asking what his message is to House progressives who don’t trust Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema who have been holdouts throughout the extended and often chaotic bargaining.

Biden makes last-minute push for agenda before heading overseas
© Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

As he headed to the closed-door meeting, ABC News Congressional Correspondent Rachel Scott asked, “Mister President, do you have a deal?” but Biden merely waved and said “How are you? Good to see you all.”

Biden makes last-minute push for agenda before heading overseas
© Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images President Joe Biden followed by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, arrives at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2021.

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