White House officials on Tuesday played down the need to strike a deal on President Joe Biden’s sweeping Build Back Better program ahead of his overseas trip to meet with other world leaders in Europe.
The president is expected to attend a United Nations climate change conference on Monday and Tuesday next week, a meeting where Democratic leaders hoped Biden would be able to present the environmental protection provisions of the iconic legislative goal. of its administration. But key elements of this social spending plan, including some provisions to tackle climate change, remain under negotiation between Democrats on Capitol Hill, and it is unclear whether lawmakers will strike a deal before departure. from Biden for Europe on Thursday.
Biden personally expressed his hope that Congress could vote on his administration’s social spending program this week, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday that the president’s negotiating positions at the United Nations climate change conference would not be diminished if he did not have a domestic agreement in hand when he arrived.
“I don’t think world leaders will take this as a binary question: is it done, isn’t it done,” Sullivan said. “They will say, ‘Is President Biden on track to deliver what he said he was going to deliver? And we think somehow he’ll be on the right track.
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