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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.”

Go deeper: House Republicans form Conservative Climate Caucus

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Biden floats roughly $2 trillion price tag for reconciliation

President Joe Biden departs from a House Democratic caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden, meeting with House Democrats on Capitol Hill on Friday, indicated they must further delay a final vote on a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and scale back his $3.5 trillion social spending package to around $2 trillion range if either is to pass, lawmakers told Axios.

Why it matters: Biden made clear he wants to keep the two packages linked together and that he is optimistic there can be an agreement.

Sep 30, 2021 - Politics

Pelosi defiant on infrastructure vote

Nancy Pelosi holds her weekly press briefing on Capitol Hill today. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she's moving full steam ahead with her plans to hold a vote on the Senate-passed bipartisan infrastructure bill on Thursday, sounding optimistic about the bill's chances despite progressive Democrats threatening to sink it.

Why it matters: Today's vote — should it occur — will be a crucial indicator of how long it will take, and how difficult it will be, to pass President Biden's agenda.

The rickety state of climate legislation

Photo Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios. Getty Images photos: Rudy Sulgan and Anton Petrus

The last 24 hours have somehow been confusing and clarifying about the state of major climate legislation at the same time.

Catch up fast: Last night House Democratic leaders, facing a revolt from progressives, put off a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package for now.