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Biden hosts Schumer, Manchin in Delaware as Congress inches toward a spending deal

Biden continues to push his economic agenda to the finish line as talks with Democrats went ahead over the weekend.
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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will host Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., in Delaware on Sunday as Democrats work to secure a deal on legislation that would enact the administration's social safety net agenda, three officials said.

Biden met with Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on Friday to continue negotiations. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden would prefer to get a deal done before he leaves for an overseas trip late next week.

Pelosi said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that "I think we're pretty much there now," adding that Manchin, Schumer and Biden are meeting "on some of the particulars that need to be finalized."

The plan is to hold a vote on the nearly $2 trillion social spending package this week, she said.

The meeting Sunday morning was first reported by Politico.

"Failure is not an option here," Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said Sunday on MSNBC. "We make promises to the American people, and we need to deliver on those promises."

Warren said many of the "basic elements" Democrats wanted are in the bill — "not every single one of the things we wanted, but we got a lot of them."

The White House meeting Friday followed Biden's town hall Thursday night in Baltimore, where he offered new details about how the spending package is coming together, touching on some items that appear to be set in stone and others that are still up in the air.

He confirmed at the CNN event that he has not been able to get 12 weeks of paid family leave included in the bill because of opposition from a few moderates in his party. The provision will be reduced to four weeks.

"It's all about compromise," Biden said on CNN. "I think we can get there."

In anticipation of a potential deal, House Majority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., informed lawmakers Friday that Democratic leaders "aim" to hold votes next week on both the safety net legislation and the Senate-passed $550 billion infrastructure package. Hoyer said the goal is to get the two measures passed before their next recess, which is scheduled for Nov. 8.