Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will meet with White House officials on the “Build Back Better Act” Monday night to discuss another avenue of negotiation, according to a Democratic source.
The call progressives reaffirmed to the president that they want to continue to support the package and “want to get as robust a plan as possible” through both houses of Congress, a source familiar with the call said. Another source told CNN that the Democrats agreed, that they need to reach consensus on a deal and that “something is better than nothing”.
Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal thanked Biden in a post-meeting statement for “his leadership” and reiterated that the economic spending package and bipartisan infrastructure plan should move closer together.
“Progressives have struggled to get the full Biden agenda back on track, and now we’re starting negotiations to get it across to working people, families and our communities,” said the Washington state Democrat. “By making sure that both bills are pushed forward together, we’re making sure we don’t leave anyone behind.”
According to sources of Monday’s call, the Congressional Progressive Caucus MPs involved in the call included Jayapal; Katherine Clark, Massachusetts, Vice Speaker for the House of Representatives; Mark Pocan of Wisconsin; Barbara Lee from California; Debbie Dingell from Michigan; Ritchie Torres from New York; Ro Khanna from California; Peter Welch of Vermont; Mondaire Jones from New York; Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware; and Peter Aguilar of California, who is not a member of the CPC but serves as vice chairman of the House Democratic Committee.
Two members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus leadership – Vice Chair Katie Porter from California and Whip Ilhan Omar from Minnesota – were not invited to vote
This story was updated with additional developments on Monday.
John Harwood contributed to this story.