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Biden to host McCarthy, McConnell at White House in push for $4T

 President Joe Biden will seek bi-partisanship approval to spend $4 trillion more in spending plans with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (left).

Biden to host McCarthy, McConnell at White House in push for $4T.

President Biden will for the first time host the top Republicans in Congress Wednesday as he seeks bipartisan buy-in on $4 trillion more in spending for his infrastructure and “families” plans.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will sit down with Biden at the White House as Democrats try to firm up support among their own members in order to pass the big-government, big-spending packages.

Biden often claims he can broker bipartisanship on the bills — despite pushing his nearly $2 trillion COVID-relief package without a single GOP vote — but Republicans strongly oppose the scale of the plans and the fact that they would be paid for with tax hikes on businesses, investments and higher-income people.

The top Republicans will meet with Biden alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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President Biden will for the first time host the top Republicans in Congress Wednesday as he seeks bipartisan buy-in on $4 trillion more in spending for his infrastructure and “families” plans.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will sit down with Biden at the White House as Democrats try to firm up support among their own members in order to pass the big-government, big-spending packages.

Biden often claims he can broker bipartisanship on the bills — despite pushing his nearly $2 trillion COVID-relief package without a single GOP vote — but Republicans strongly oppose the scale of the plans and the fact that they would be paid for with tax hikes on businesses, investments and higher-income people.

The top Republicans will meet with Biden alongside Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

McConnell has slammed the latest proposals as “daydreams of a sweeping socialist legacy that will never happen in the United States,” but Biden has said he’s willing to compromise.

“The President is eager to talk in-person with the Congressional leaders about how they can partner on the goals of restoring trust in government, ensuring that government delivers for the American people, and keeping the nation safe and competitive in the world,” the White House said in a Friday statement announcing the talks.

On Thursday, Biden will host more Republican senators at the White House to talk about possible compromise. That GOP delegation will be led by Sen. Shelley Capito (R-WVa.) and will include Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell grilled President Joe Biden’s proposed spending as “daydreams of a sweeping socialist legacy.”

s “daydreams of a sweeping socialist legacy that will never happen in the United States,” but Biden has said he’s willing to compromise.

“The President is eager to talk in-person with the Congressional leaders about how they can partner on the goals of restoring trust in government, ensuring that government delivers for the American people, and keeping the nation safe and competitive in the world,” the White House said in a Friday statement announcing the talks.

On Thursday, Biden will host more Republican senators at the White House to talk about possible compromise. That GOP delegation will be led by Sen. Shelley Capito (R-WVa.) and will include Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.).

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell grilled President Joe Biden’s proposed spending as “daydreams of a sweeping socialist legacy.”

If they maintain internal unity, Democrats are able to ram through both massive packages without any Republican votes under special budget reconciliation rules, according to a recent ruling from the Senate parliamentarian. But Biden has denied that his outreach amounts to insincere stabs at bipartisanship.

Biden often says he would like to win bipartisan support for his infrastructure and “families” plans, and that he’s open to compromise. But in February, just fo

ur days after hosting 10 Republican senators to discuss COVID-19 relief, Biden said it was an “easy choice” to forge ahead without them. The Republicans had countered his $1.9 trillion plan with a smaller $600 billion package.

Democrats rammed through the $1.9 trillion stimulus bill without any Republican votes, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking a tie in the evenly divided Senate to deliver $1,400 stimulus checks for people who earn under $75,000, $350 billion for state and local governments and $300 per week in federal unemployment subsidies.

But Democrats face internal divisions as they seek to pass the new packages, increasing the appeal of compromise.

The White House claims President Joe Biden is “eager to talk in-person” with Republican leadership despite his nearly $2 trillion COVID-relief package not receiving a single GOP vote.

In the House, where Democrats hold a slim seven-seat advantage, a trio of New York-area legislators led by Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY) say they won’t agree to any changes in the tax code unless the $10,000 “SALT cap” is eliminated. The cap since 2017 has limited the amount of money residents of high-tax jurisdictions like New York can deduct before paying federal taxes, and its repeal wasn’t in Biden’s new poposals.

And in the Senate, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) whose vote alone could derail both bills, said he’s “very uncomfortable” with the amount of spending being proposed.

Biden on Tuesday met with another centrist Democrat, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, in a bid to retain her support.

Senate Republicans countered Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, which includes $400 billion for home and community health care and nearly $200 billion in electric vehicle subsidies, with a more narrow $568 billion infrastructure counter-proposal.

Biden also proposed a $1.8 trillion “families” plan that would federally fund preschool and community colleges and create new subsidies for childcare and paid family and sick leave. The plan would also make permanent a boost in child tax credits, which does have bipartisan support.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has been one of President Joe Biden’s strongest critics of his trillion dollar “infrastructure” spending.

“I’m ready to compromise. What I’m not ready to do: I’m not ready to do nothing,” Biden said last week.

Biden separately said last week that he wants any bills to be paid for by increasing taxes. “I’m willing to compromise. But I’m not willing to not pay for what we’re talking about. I’m not willing to deficit spend,” he said.

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