President Joe Biden encouraged California Representative Maxine Waters to run for the Senate at a White House bill signing event, which produced a series of hot mike moments for the president.
“Senator, I hope. You think I am kidding, I am not,” Biden said Wednesday, saluting the lawmaker who is often mocked by Tories.
Biden signed three bills at Wednesday’s ceremony also attended by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, another favorite target of the right.
After brief remarks outlining future laws, Biden welcomed Pelosi to the stage after the two publicly clashed over how to pass the bipartisan $ 1.2 trillion “hard” infrastructure deal and a possible executive $ 6 trillion “soft” infrastructure reconciliation.
“Hey, by the way, keep it up -” Biden whispered to the House’s top Democrat before his microphone fell.
In another exchange, Illinois Democratic Representative Jan Schakowsky offered his condolences to Biden following the death of his German Shepherd Champ this month at the age of 13.
“Are you saying what, he’s a killer, isn’t he? Thanks for saying that,” he replied.
Later in the ceremony, he joked about wearing a microphone while speaking with the three separate groups of lawmakers, who took turns joining him at the signing table for a photo.
“I better be careful what I say,” he told representatives Suzanne Bonamici of Oregon and Bobby Scott of Virginia.
Democrats have pitched congressional review bills as protecting the planet from “climate-disrupting greenhouse gas methane,” protecting consumers from predatory lenders, and protecting workers from employment discrimination .
Biden and Pelosi disagree on whether the president should maintain his veto threat over the bipartisan infrastructure deal if Congress does not also approve a broader reconciliation measure, which would implement a series of liberal social protection reforms. The president relaxed his stance over the weekend, but reaffirmed that he believed the packages should be considered “in tandem”.
“The statement I made, yes, it’s a statement I stand by,” Pelosi told reporters earlier Wednesday.
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Original author: Naomi Lim