Biden to meet House Dems before Europe trip: report

President BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to ‘pump the brakes’ on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE is expected to attend a House Democratic caucus meeting on Thursday morning before he departs for Europe to attend a pair of global summits, in a last-minute attempt to push through the multi-billion dollar bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Sources familiar with the plans told NBC News that Biden is expected to attend the 9 a.m. meeting on Capitol Hill, where he will push progressives to help get the infrastructure bill passed.

Many progressives in the House are still refusing to vote for the infrastructure package until a deal is secured on a broader social spending package, called the Build Back Better Act.

NBC noted the meeting will likely delay Biden’s overseas travel plans, but White House Press Secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Altria — FDA advisers endorse Pfizer vaccine for kids The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – White House to host lawmakers as negotiations over agenda hit critical stage MORE has said that “flexibility” is built into the president’s schedule.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall MORE (D-Calif.) said in a letter to colleagues that “Democrats are close to agreement on the priorities and the topline” of the social spending package, as she aims for a vote on the infrastructure bill this week. She called on her colleagues to have some “trust” in each other for the sake of expediency.

“We are facing a crucial deadline for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework to pass. To do so, we must have trust and confidence in an agreement for the Build Back Better Act,” wrote Pelosi.

Heading into the high-stakes climate summit in Europe, Biden is already having to contend with losing key climate provisions in the spending package after centrist Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Dems see path to deal on climate provisions Overnight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Overnight Health Care — Presented by Altria — FDA advisers endorse Pfizer vaccine for kids MORE (D-W.Va) pushed back against the measures.

Democrats need all 50 of their senators on board to pass the social spending bill through the budget reconciliation process, which allows the party to bypass a Republican filibuster. 

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingSenate Democrats propose corporate minimum tax for spending package Lawmakers praise upcoming establishment of cyber bureau at State The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Biden, Democrats inch closer to legislative deal MORE said earlier this week that losing those provisions weakened Biden’s position in the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, which begins this weekend.

“I think the most unfortunate part about losing the provisions of the reconciliation bill is that it weakens Joe Biden’s hands in Glasgow, the climate meeting that’s coming up, because if we’re going to get the rest of the world to take serious steps to remedy this problem, we’ve got to do it ourselves,” King said on Sunday.

Democrats have scrambled to find alternate climate provisions acceptable to Manchin, and have said they could still spend some $500 billion on climate-related programs. 

“We’re talking about an investment in climate change larger than the entire Department of Energy,” Biden’s chief of staff, Ron KlainRon KlainOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by American Clean Power — Dems see path to deal on climate provisions White House plans for 0B for climate in Democratic spending bill Klain says it will ‘take time’ to heal country’s divisions MORE, said on Tuesday. “We just now have to go get that done. I think we’re making a lot of progress in that regard.”

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