Biden and his Democratic colleagues are trying to overcome intraparty divisions before the month ends to pass a bipartisan Infrastructure bill as well as a larger Social Services package. Both are important issues that the president wants to resolve before Air Force One departs for Europe on October 28. This will be for two summits of world leaders, including the most ambitious meeting yet regarding climate change.
However, this goal is now at risk due to fractures within Democrats. This could jeopardize the future of promised new sweeping efforts to address climate change. The party is also experiencing increasing anxiety about , a bellwether contest for the Virginia gubernatorial seat. There are also looming Senate battles over federal debt limit as well as funding issues that could distract from the president's agenda.
After a hard stretch, Biden is trying stabilize his presidency. This was after the turbulent end of the Afghanistan war. A diplomatic spat between a long-standing ally, an increase in COVID-19 case numbers that shook the nation's economy and sent his poll numbers plummeting.
Biden stated Friday that the bills were about "competitiveness versus complacency," about opportunity versus decline, and about leading or letting the world move by you."
The White House's appeals to patience, reminding people that difficult things take time, is not enough. There is an urgent sense that a deal must be done quickly.
The White House has specific target dates. These include an end-of month deadline for transportation funding and Biden’s upcoming overseas trip. There are other imperatives, however: proving Democrats can keep their promises to voters and protecting Biden’s diminishing political capital.
The administration has been sending signals to Capitol Hill with a renewed urgency in recent days. Officials from the White House spoke under condition of anonymity to avoid revealing private conversations. Biden has expressed frustration and will increase his personal outreach to lawmakers this week to try to reach a compromise and bring them to a vote, officials said.