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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at the U.S. Capitol on Wednsesday. Photo: Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) agreed at a meeting with White House officials Wednesday to address President Biden's goals on job creation and addressing the climate crisis.

Details: They agreed that "Congress must meet Biden's goal of "investing in creating a generation of good paying jobs, addressing the climate crisis, and ensuring American workers and businesses can compete globally, while not raising taxes on anyone who makes under $400,000," per a White House readout.

  • They "underscored the importance of extending the child tax credit, and investing in the care economy, including expanding child care, to help ensure that women can return to the workforce," according to the statement.

Why it matters: The House speaker and Senate majority leader's talks with Office of Management Budget acting director Shalanda Young, National Economic Council director Brian Deese and Domestic Policy Council director Susan Rice comes as progressives push for the Senate to act on a reconciliation bill.

  • As the White House and a bipartisan group of senators struck a tentative deal Wednesday for the framework of a roughly $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, left-leaning Democrats see the partisan reconciliation process as achieving their goals of bold climate and child care action, per Axios' Alayna Treene.

What they're saying: "The speaker has been clear, and we've been clear that there's not going to be the votes in the House from progressive caucus members for any kind of smaller infrastructure bill, without a separate reconciliation bill," said Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), who leads the Congressional Progressive Caucus earlier Wednesday, per Politico.

  • "I anticipate that will be a big part of the discussion.”

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Progressives draw infrastructure red lines

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

As the White House moves closer to endorsing the G20's bipartisan infrastructure deal, progressive Democrats are making clear they won't get on board without a guarantee.

Why it matters: Left-leaning Democrats want a commitment the Senate will also act on a reconciliation bill — and some are insisting they vote on one first. They fear getting left behind as lawmakers from both parties increasingly sign on to the G20 framework.

Jun 22, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Top White House officials heading to Senate for infrastructure talks

President Biden with Republican Sen. Susan Collins in the Oval Office of the White House in February. Photo: Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

White House officials are heading to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a briefing on the status and details of the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure proposal — another sign that President Biden is serious about finding a compromise with Republican senators.

Driving the news: Biden's core negotiating team — including Louisa Terrell, the White House’s legislative affairs director, Steve Ricchetti, counselor to the president and Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council — are scheduled to meet with senators, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Jun 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

House Republicans form Conservative Climate Caucus

Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah) leaving the Capitol Hill Club in October 2019. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Several dozen House Republicans led by Utah Rep. John Curtis will on Wednesday launch the Conservative Climate Caucus.

How it works: Via the Washington Examiner, Curtis' office says it will look to "educate House Republicans on climate policies and legislation consistent with conservative values."