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The White House said Friday that President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats have made progress as they attempt to to rescue a scaled back version of Biden’s $3.5 trillion government overhaul and salvage an infrastructure bill.
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Biden huddled privately with House Democrats on Capitol Hill Friday afternoon after days of frantic negotiations with no deal.
Speaking at the White House briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki said the president went to meet with Democratic lawmakers to urge them to soften their hard line stances and find a way to move toward a middle ground.
“The case that the White House is making is that compromise requires everybody giving a little. That’s the stage we’re in,” she said.
Still, Psaki sounded an optimistic tone that eventually a deal would be reached and bills passed on both the government overhaul and infrastructure bills.
“No matter where we end, if we can get something done here, we’re going to have a historic piece of legislation passed Congress that’s going to have a huge impact on the American people,” Psaki said.
The press secretary also commented on North Korea’s claim Friday that it test-fired a new anti-aircraft missile, the fourth weapons launch in recent weeks that experts say is part of a strategy to win relief from sanctions and other concessions.
Psaki said U.S. officials were still assessing the most recent missile launch.
She added that Biden administration officials have made efforts to reach out to the North Koreans to spur talks but have not received a response from the regime.
Asked about the White House’s plans to lift the COVID-related travel restrictions for vaccinated travelers, Psaki confirmed the plan is “still on track” for early November, but didn’t provide a more specific date.
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