US President Joe Biden meets with Congressional leaders on Wednesday. As previously reported, the meeting is attended by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democratic majority in the Senate Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Republican minority in the lower house of Congress Kevin McCarthy, and the head of the Senate Republicans Mitch McConnell.
Pelosi and Schumer have met with President Biden at the White House before, but this is the first time McCarthy and McConnell have met.
The president’s goal is to find common ground with Republican leaders on issues related to his initiatives in infrastructure development, education, and childcare.
Biden, a Democrat who has served as a senator from Delaware for many years, has sought to ease the tension in bipartisan relations by promising to work with both parties to meet the political challenges he has set.
Before the meeting at the White House, Kevin McCarthy chairs a meeting dedicated to the exclusion of Liz Cheney from the Republican leadership, which is caused by Cheney’s refusal to align with the false claims of former President Donald Trump that he won the 2020 election, not Biden.
McCarthy was also among 147 Congressional Republicans who voted in January to block Biden’s victory certification.
This happened a few hours after the attack by Trump supporters on the Capitol, which led to human casualties.
According to sources in Congress and the White House, Democratic lawmakers are ready to vote for Biden’s initiatives, which will require significant costs to implement, even if the votes are divided along party lines.
“We’re not going to wait long if we don’t see that an agreement (with Republicans) is possible; I think that’s what the president will decide, and that’s what we’ll decide,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday. Recall in this regard that not a single Republican voted for the plan of economic assistance in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (a plan worth $ 1.9 trillion), which was initiated by President Biden in March.