by Asher Notheis, Breaking News Reporter | October 19, 2021
Rep. Pramila Jayapal voiced high praise of President Joe Biden after she and other progressive Democrats met with him at the White House on Tuesday to discuss the infrastructure bill and reconciliation package.
Addressing reporters outside the White House, the congresswoman from Washington state was asked how she would describe Biden in his role as president, to which she gave a rave review.
“The president is the inspirer, he is the closer, he is the convincer, the mediator in chief,” Jayapal said. “He really is doing a phenomenal job.”
When asked how the discussions between Biden and liberal House Democrats went, Jayapal described the conversations as “great” and “really conversational.”
Biden and the progressive House Democrats are negotiating the size and cost of the spending package, details that have put them at odds with more centrist members of the party hesitant with too big a proposal. Democrats hold a slim majority in both chambers of Congress and would need to stand united if they hope to pass a social spending bill largely opposed by Republicans.
After Tuesday’s discussion with the progressive House Democrats, the price range for the budget reconciliation package stands somewhere between $1.9 trillion and $2.2 trillion, according to CBS News.
Biden also met later in the day with a bicameral group of centrist Democrats to discuss his legislative agenda ahead of a self-imposed Oct. 31 deadline to pass his Build Back Better plan.