The White House cautioned reporters against putting a Christmas deadline on Congress passing the Build Back Better social spending bill, despite Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer's pledge to send the legislation to President Joe Biden's desk before the holidays.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during Monday's briefing that the president is "fully supportive" of Schumer's pre-Christmas legislative push but clarified that "if it goes into the new year, the president believes that it would be better to preserve this agenda."
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"I don't think we're in a place to make that prediction from here, nor is anyone at this point in time. I mean, the president supports this package, of course, because it includes an extension of the child tax credit, but also because it will lower the cost of prescription drugs, of child care, of elder care, of housing," she continued. "Key components that are impacting people across this country. He thinks that's a pretty compelling case. The American public agrees. They like all of those components, too, but he also understands how the legislative process works."
In response to inflation concerns raised by Democratic West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Psaki noted several White House staffers are in contact with Manchin "to continue to play a constructive role" in making "the case that this will not impact inflation."
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You can watch Monday's briefing in its entirety below.