Biden set to play peacemaker for warring Democratic factions

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Many party lawmakers have waited weeks for their president, after a summer largely focused on off-Hill crises, to turn his attention to the House.

Moderates are vowing mutiny if the left does upend the infrastructure bill President Joe Biden embraced as a signature achievement. | Al Drago/Getty Images

 

The two fractious wings of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s caucus are tumbling toward intraparty war. President Joe Biden is hoping to head off disaster.

Biden will hold a series of meetings with key Democrats Wednesday, including Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer as party leaders try to salvage their two-part domestic agenda — a massive social safety net expansion and bipartisan infrastructure bill — amid a fresh round of hostage-taking from centrist and progressive members.

“I hope he is the secret sauce,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said of Biden. “The president of the United States is always a very influential figure, and I know he wants both bills passed.”

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