White House still thinks spending deal could be made before Europe trip

White House still thinks spending deal could be made before Europe trip
© Getty

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiUS expected to announce diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics soon: report Joe Biden: The Brian Williams presidency Biden plan for free at-home tests faces hurdles MORE said Wednesday that it is still possible President BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE could make a deal with congressional Democrats on his economic agenda before he leaves for Europe on Thursday. 

“Yes, we’ll see,” Psaki told reporters when asked if the timing is still realistic to come to an agreement on a sweeping social spending package. 

“It’s 1:30 p.m., so we still have some time. The president would like a bill before he leaves for Europe,” she added.

ADVERTISEMENT

The president met with moderate Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinTrump haunts Biden vaccine mandate in courts IRS data proves Trump tax cuts benefited middle, working-class Americans most Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Dems press drillers over methane leaks MORE (W.Va.), and Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten SinemaIRS data proves Trump tax cuts benefited middle, working-class Americans most Photos of the Week: Schumer, ASU protest and sea turtles Green groups spend big to promote climate policy MORE (Ariz.) late Tuesday, and the White House said the three made progress without specifying any concrete agreements. 

Psaki told reporters on Wednesday that a deal is “very close” and noted that Democratic lawmakers are also “conveying a similar tone.”

“It does require working through specific details and components that need to be finalized before we have a final agreement,” she said.

White House officials, including counselor to the president Steve RicchettiSteve RicchettiBipartisan success in the Senate signals room for more compromise The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - GOP dealt 2022 blow, stares down Trump-era troubles White House still thinks spending deal could be made before Europe trip MORE, National Economic Council Director Brian DeeseBrian DeeseBiden says 'consumer spending has recovered' to pre-pandemic levels The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Arbery case, Biden spending bill each test views of justice Democrats optimistic as social spending bill heads to Senate MORE and Director of Legislative Affairs Louisa TerrellLouisa TerrellWhite House still thinks spending deal could be made before Europe trip Juan Williams: Women wield the power LIVE COVERAGE: Biden tries to unify divided House MORE, were on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.

The White House also hasn’t ruled out a trip to Capitol Hill for the president to negotiate with lawmakers. He went to the Capitol on Oct. 1 to conduct talks with members of Congress.

“The president remains open to going up to the Hill. We haven't made a decision to do that. We are making decisions hour by hour on what would be most constructive to move things forward,” Psaki said.

The president is slated to leave Thursday morning, but Psaki said the schedule could be flexible.

“There’s some flexibility in the morning but I would not suggest that he’s going to delay his trip. He doesn’t have the space to delay it much,” she said.

Biden on Monday morning told reporters he hopes to have a deal before his trip. The president heads to Rome on Thursday, where he will meet with Pope FrancisPope FrancisPope on Europe's migrant crisis: 'stop this shipwreck of civilization' Pope calls on young people to protect environment The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Gosar censured as GOP drama heightens MORE and attend a Group of 20 summit.

He will then attend COP26, a climate change conference, in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday and Tuesday.