Biden to rally retired House Democrats in Philadelphia
Speaker Joe Biden will try to rally House Democrats at a party retreat in Philadelphia on Friday, amid legislative work that has delayed the rally and ahead of what could be a brutal midterm election cycle.
Biden is expected to address the group around noon at the Hilton Philadelphia in Penn’s Landing. He will then visit an elementary school in Philadelphia.
Buses of bleary-eyed lawmakers arrived in Philadelphia around 2 a.m. Thursday from Capitol Hill, after negotiations over a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill to fund the government dragged into the night , canceling the first day of the conference.
Democrats had to pass the budget bill by the end of the week to keep government funding going. But some lawmakers have been irked by a provision that would have taken away unused COVID-19 relief funds from states to pay for vaccines and research. Lawmakers eventually scrapped that provision but passed the funding bill, which the Senate passed on Thursday.
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The retreat brings together congressional Democrats and Biden administration officials for strategic closed-door sessions on how the party will address key issues including the economy, inflation, immigration and foreign policy.
It’s also meant to be an opportunity to unify a party that has struggled to bridge divisions between its moderate and progressive wings ahead of primary elections across the country.
But it started with a discord within the party over what was supposed to be an easier budget vote, then a late drive to Philly – which was further delayed by repair crews blocking traffic on I-95, reported. Politico.
US Representative Mark Pocan (D., Wis.) joked before leaving for Philadelphia: “This retirement is cursed.
This is the first retreat and rally for House Democrats outside of Washington since the pandemic began. Senate Democrats held a retirement meeting at Howard University in Washington on Wednesday.
This is a developing story and will be updated.