Sep 24, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden pushes massive economic plan despite "stalemate"

President Joe Biden speaking from the White House on Sept. 24.

President Biden speaking from the White House on Sept. 24. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday urged congressional Democrats to overcome differences surrounding his multi-trillion-dollar economic proposal but said he's still confident it will pass.

Why it matters: It's currently unclear how the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package will move forward with moderate and progressive Democrats in disagreement over critical portions of the legislation.

What they're saying: Biden met with fellow Democrats on Wednesday to come to an agreement on the reconciliation package, which primarily focuses on expanding social safety nets.

  • The president said the meeting was "collegial" but ultimately ended without a deal.
  • "Now we're at this stalemate at the moment and we're going to have to get these two pieces of legislation passed. Both need to be passed," Biden said. "This is a process, and it's going to be up and down."

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