Washington Post: White House officials to meet with House moderates on Biden’s infrastructure plan

WASHINGTON POST, SEUNG MIN KIM

The White House is continuing its bipartisan outreach to Congress on Wednesday as a top pair of administration officials meet with a coalition of House Democrats and Republicans on Biden’s infrastructure plan and other priorities.

Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff, and presidential counselor Steve Ricchetti will sit down with several members of the Problem Solvers Caucus this afternoon, according to two officials familiar with the meeting. The meeting was first reported by Axios.

Among lawmakers who will attend include the two leaders of the caucus — Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) — as well as Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-Va.), Dean Phillips (D-Minn.), Thomas Suozzi (D-N.Y.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) and Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.), according to a White House official.

“The administration is committed to trying to find common ground so we can deliver on the shared priorities in the jobs plan,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private meeting. “We’re in close and continuous engagement with lawmakers, staff, and committees, and we’re seeking out a diverse range of opinions — including from leading moderates in the Problem Solvers Caucus — on how to get this done, because as the president has made clear, inaction is not an option.”

Biden met with several House and Senate Democrats and Republicans on Monday, and the White House has said it will continue aggressive outreach to Capitol Hill in coming weeks and months as it sells the president’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan to lawmakers.

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