President Joe Biden argued Saturday that his radical left multitrillion-dollar spending agenda was not radical, as Democrat infighting stalled progress of his proposed legislation.
“There’s nothing in any of these pieces of legislation that is radical, that is unreasonable, that is when you look at it individually,” Biden said.
Biden’s agenda includes a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion entitlement spending bill that would also dramatically raise taxes to help pay for entitlements, such as free universal pre-K, government subsidized child and elder care, two years of free college, and more spending on food stamps.
The president spoke to reporters as he left the White House Saturday morning for another weekend at his home in Delaware.
Biden exited the White House with a cup of coffee and a newspaper but pulled down his mask to talk to reporters.
The president criticized the news reports that reported that he “vowed” to get the bills through.
“Biden is going to work like hell to make sure we get both of these passed, and I think we will get them passed,” he said, referring to himself in the third person.
The president said he would campaign on his stalled agenda across the country in the upcoming week.
“I believe that I can get this done. I believe that when the American people are aware what’s in it, we can get it done,” he said.
The president also complained about news reports that pointed out his failure to sell his agenda on the road.
“Well, for a few little things, like we had hurricanes and floods, and we had little things like … anyway, a lot of going on,” he said.
Biden insisted he was “not” frustrated by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) failure to get his agenda across the finish line but conceded that the infighting in his party was taking a toll.
“Everybody’s frustrated. It’s part of being in government, being frustrated,” he added.
Biden alluded to Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) — two moderate senators who remain opposed to his massive spending agenda.
“We can bring the moderates and progressives together very easy if we had two more votes,” he said. “Two. Two people.”