Biden meets with Jayapal to kick off week of pivotal meetings

Biden meets with Jayapal to kick off week of pivotal meetings
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President BidenJoe BidenMan sentenced to nearly four years for running scam Trump, Biden PACs Dole in final column: 'Too many of us have sacrificed too much' Meadows says Trump's blood oxygen level was dangerously low when he had COVID-19 MORE met Monday at the White House with Rep. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocratic caucus chairs call for Boebert committee assignment removal Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season 91 House Dems call on Senate to expand immigration protections in Biden spending bill MORE (D-Wash.), the head of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, kicking off a week of planned meetings to break the gridlock around his economic agenda.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiSchumer steps on the gas to move Biden agenda Judge blocks Spicer, Vought bid to return to Naval Academy board Romney praises Biden's boycott of Beijing Olympics MORE said Biden would have calls throughout the day with Democratic lawmakers, and he will meet Tuesday with a group of moderate Democrats and a separate group of progressives.

Biden will also travel Wednesday to Scranton, Pa., to pitch his agenda to the public. His schedule throughout the week is expected to focus on pushing his agenda through Congress as the White House signals time is running out to reach agreement within the Democratic Party.

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"The president is certainly feeling an urgency to move things forward, to get things done," Psaki said. "I think you’ve seen that urgency echoed by members on the Hill that time is not unending here."

Democrats have spent weeks negotiating the details of a reconciliation bill that Biden has proposed to include funding for universal pre-kindergarten, expanded health care and child care programs and initiatives intended to slow down climate change.

Biden has acknowledged the final price tag will fall short of the $3.5 trillion initially proposed and supported by progressive Democrats. Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinSchumer steps on the gas to move Biden agenda Overnight Health Care — Biden touts drug price push Biden points to drug prices in call for Senate social spending vote MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaBiden points to drug prices in call for Senate social spending vote The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Omicron tests vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 This week: Congress poised to go into December overtime MORE (D-Ariz.) have made clear they would not support such an expensive bill.

At the same time, moderate Democrats have grown impatient that a Senate-passed infrastructure bill is languishing in the House. Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerDemocrats see Christmas goal slipping away Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal Liberty University professor charged with alleged sexual battery and abduction of student MORE (D-Va.) and others have pushed for the House to pass that stand-alone bill while negotiations play out over the reconciliation bill, arguing it would offer a win for Democrats.