House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerSenate leaders face pushback on tying debt fight to defense bill Overnight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff MORE (D-Md.) said House Democrats will hold a second closed-door caucus meeting Friday afternoon amid a standoff in the party over 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’s $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.
His announcement came after a meeting of rank-and-file Democrats that lasted more than two hours and yielded no resolution — and just before the White House announced President Biden would be joining the meeting. Democrats are attempting to thread the needle between moderates in their caucus who say a bipartisan infrastructure bill should pass as soon as possible and liberals who are withholding votes for that measure until the reconciliation one advances.
“My expectation is that we will have another meeting this afternoon, that we are working on trying to get to a place where everybody is comfortable. And I believe there's overwhelming support in our caucus, almost unanimous support in our caucus, for both the BIF [infrastructure bill] and the Build Back Better,” Hoyer said leaving the first caucus meeting.
“And we're going to have additional discussions of how that end is accomplished.”
Democrats including Rep. Dean PhillipsDean PhillipsBiden touts infrastructure bill in Minnesota swing district Five takeaways: House passes Biden's sweeping benefits bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Emergent Biosolutions — Boosters for all MORE (Minn.) indicated that the president's presence would be welcome.
“I’d like to see the president,” he said. “I think the president might be the only person that can bridge both the trust gap and the timing gap.”
—Updated at 1:28 p.m.