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Jumat, 01 Oktober 2021

As Democrats feud over historic spending plans, Biden vows to ‘get this done’ - NEWS.com.au

The legacy of US President Joe Biden -- who is seen here on Capitol Hill with top lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- is at stake as Democrats feud over his economic agenda

President Joe Biden vowed Friday to get his sweeping domestic agenda over the line as he visited the US Congress to energize Democrats negotiating for a second day on twin make-or-break spending bills that could define his legacy -- or spell crippling political failure.

"I'm telling you, we're going to get this done," he told reporters after meeting with House Democrats who are deeply divided on a spending spree that Biden says would restore America's battered middle class.

The unusual presidential visit follows weeks of trips by party leaders in the other direction to the White House as Biden tries to get the two ambitious spending plans passed into law.

"These are his proposals. These are his bold ideas," Biden's press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.

Biden's political legacy is at stake and so probably are the Democrats' chances of keeping control of Congress in midterm elections next year.

Their razor-thin majority in Congress means that even a few defections could prevent votes from succeeding.

- Trust issue -

On one side, moderate senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema -- popularly dubbed the "Manchinema" duo -- refuse to back the proposed $3.5 trillion price tag for the social spending package.

Over in the House, a younger, fiery generation of more leftwing representatives insists on keeping the $3.5 trillion number for social spending, or at least something close.

"If there's something else that's short of a vote, that somebody can offer me that gives me those same assurances, I want to listen to that," Pramila Jayapal, chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, told reporters, in a hint that the left might be willing to compromise.

Psaki said the administration's outreach to congressional Democrats and their staff had included at least 300 phone calls or meetings since September 1.

His in-person visit was a welcome development to rank-and-file Democrats who have been voicing hope he would get more deeply involved. 

Alternatively, she could put everything on ice to buy time for crafting an overall agreement on the two bills.

With a threatened government shutdown averted until December, the next urgent deadline is to raise the national debt limit ahead of the default date of October 18 -- and there is still no plan on how to accomplish it.

The standoff leaves the United States close to the cliff edge of a default on its $28 trillion debt, with the lack of progress expected to soon start raising pulses in the financial markets. 

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