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Biden heading to Michigan to promote agenda amid Democratic infighting

President Biden will travel to Michigan this week to promote his economic agenda amid infighting within the Democratic party. 

“On Tuesday, October 5, the President will travel to Howell, Michigan to continue rallying public support for his bipartisan infrastructure bill and Build Back Better agenda, which will grow our economy by investing in working families, paid for by repealing tax giveaways to the rich,” the White House said in a statement on Sunday. 

The Build Back Better agenda includes $550 billion of new spending in an infrastructure bill and another sweeping package that includes social spending on child care, expanded health care benefits and climate initiatives — largely paid for by increases in corporate and wealth taxes. 

“I believe I can get this done,“ Biden said before leaving to travel to Delaware on Saturday. “I support both of them and I think we can get both of them done.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) delayed a vote on the infrastructure bill last week as disagreements remained over the larger reconciliation package. She and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) now say they want to pass both bills before the end of October. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that Biden will continue to hold conversations with House and Senate members over the weekend, Bloomberg News noted.

The president cancelled a planned trip to Chicago last week to remain involved in talks over his agenda.

Biden visited Capitol Hill on Friday to huddle with House Democrats, urging the progressive and moderate wings to find common ground in advancing both pieces of his agenda together. 

Asked after that meeting when the bills would be passed, Biden told reporters “It doesn’t matter whether it’s in six minutes, six days, or in six weeks. We’re going to get it done.”

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