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Brian Deese. Photo: Axios

Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council, told Axios at a virtual event on Wednesday that President Biden "is not going to stop reaching out" to Republicans to negotiate his American Jobs Plan.

Why it matters: Biden is aiming to strike a deal with a separate, bipartisan group of senators after infrastructure talks — led by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) — officially broke down on Tuesday.

What he's saying: "We're having conversations that continue," Deese said. "We've had constructive conversations with Senator Capito and a group of Republicans. We are engaged with a bipartisan group that we anticipate is going to be bringing forward some ideas this week."

  • "I think one thing you can expect from President Biden is that he is not going to stop reaching out. He's not going to stop looking for areas to find common ground."
  • When asked if the administration is prepared to go it alone with Democrats on the trillion-dollar package, Deese stressed that Biden is looking for bipartisanship.

Watch the full event here.

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Sep 16, 2021 - Politics & Policy

The debt ceiling stare down

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Congress is fast approaching its deadline to raise the debt ceiling or risk defaulting on the nation's debt, and, as of now, there's no serious plan to stave off what many members are calling the worst-case scenario.

Why it matters: The U.S. has never defaulted on its debt. If Congress doesn't take "extraordinary measures" to finance the government, it would "likely cause irreparable damage to the U.S. economy and global financial markets," Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned last week.

Mike Allen, author of AM
5 mins ago - Economy & Business

Charted: GOP surged as Biden slumped

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Reproduced from Gallup. (Independents were asked their party leaning.) Chart: Axios Visuals

Gallup polling found a huge shift in party preference over the course of 2021, from a 9-point Democratic advantage in the first quarter to a 5-point Republican edge in the fourth quarter.

Why it matters: It's the biggest swing in one calendar year for Gallup's 30 years of tracking.

Miriam Kramer, author of Space
25 mins ago - Science

A new NASA astronaut corps for the next era in space

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

NASA's next crewed missions to the Moon will need a larger, differently-trained and multi-skilled astronaut corps to deliver on the agency's ambitions.

Why it matters: NASA has plans to fly astronauts to the surface of the Moon in 2025 and ultimately establish a long-term presence there. That goal requires a robust corps with new, specialized training in what it takes to live and work on the Moon — and NASA needs to start planning now.

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