On the heels of defeat, in the sense that he failed to get two massive spending bills passed as he promised his party he would do, President Joe Biden apparently skipped town.
According to Breitbart, the president returned to his home in Delaware for the weekend in the wake of Democrat infighting that resulted in the failure of gaining momentum on a $1.1 trillion “bipartisan” infrastructure bill, and a $3.5 trillion Dem spending package.
The president spent the day Friday making the rounds through Capitol Hill, reportedly in an attempt to shore up Democratic support for the two pieces of legislation.
Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Krysten Sinema (D-AZ), both moderates in the party, have proved nearly impossible for the president to budge on supporting the $3.5 trillion package.
Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and other top Democrats were walking tall last week, bursting with confidence that both legislative packages would be voted on and passed. But after an hour meeting with lawmakers on Friday, Biden apparently gave up on the idea, for now, and presented a much different front.
“Doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in six minutes, six days, or six weeks,” Biden said after the meeting. “We’re going to get it done.”
The president also apparently said he’d take questions from lawmakers on Friday, but on queue, right as question time arrived, Biden’s handlers quickly intervened and took the president away.
INSIDE the caucus:
At the end of his remarks, BIDEN offered to take questions from members but his staff jumped in.
He didn’t take any questions.
— Sarah Ferris (@sarahnferris) October 1, 2021
Speaker Pelosi also drastically changed her tune on the situation, saying on Friday, “While great progress has been made in the negotiations to develop a House, Senate and White House agreement on the Build Back Better Act, more time is needed to complete the task.”