When you ask the White House where the president is, he said, well, he’s been very involved. The White House has always been involved in this.
He repeatedly points to a team of senior advisers and senior staff who he says is in close contact with every group and every faction of the Democratic caucus. Here is the group they point to. We’ve seen them before. He is leading the charge on Capitol Hill.
Susan Rice, of course, leads the Household Policy Council. Ron Klein is the chief of staff, Brian Deez, who heads the Economic Council, Louisa Terrell, who heads legislative affairs, and Steve Richetti, of course, who is the president’s senior adviser.
The White House says, look, many of them were on the hill by midnight last night. Since 1st September, there have been over 300 calls and meetings with members and staff directors. They say, we have been making the case, we have been, we are involved.
But, today, he says – and Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about this at the briefing – today was the day President Biden felt it was the day to go straight to those members, reassure them, we Will reach there, compromise has to be reached, they have to be made, both sides have to give a little.
No direct timeline. But he wants to reassure them that they are moving forward, that he is committed.