Well, Judy, as you said, the President really, really wanted it to be passed, at least one of these bills, a bipartisan infrastructure law, he wanted it to be passed while he was in Europe. He wanted this to really be done when he landed in Europe.
This, of course, did not happen, although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi nudged lawmakers and said: Let’s present the president with a vote of confidence from Congress. When this did not happen, the White House continued to interact. White House sources told me today that the president, as well as senior White House aides, will continue to interact with lawmakers.
They are really trying to prove that this is exactly what lawmakers, including critical senators, Senator Manchin, Senator Cinema, is the law that they should pass. This is a bill that is not said to increase the deficit. They also – reports show they are bringing back what the progressive wanted, including paid family leave, which was very important for people across the country, especially women of color, but also for men who might be able to. be able to take care of someone, be it a brother or sister or a family member, if they need to be able to be on sick leave.
It should also be noted that today the President addressed the Democrats with a message regarding these bills. It was five words: “Put this on my table.”
These were the last words he said at his press conference. This suggests that the president is urgently trying to put his party on one page, although no one knows if the president will be able to unite this. Of course, Lisa cleverly says that it can take weeks, maybe a few days before the House of Representatives vote.
But here, in the White House, there really is a feeling that the president is trying to continue to be closer to the main thing. He hasn’t been able to get there yet. But the White House is watching all this very closely.