(CREDITS TO CNN) President Joe Biden’s major public — and prime time — push this week for his sweeping $4 trillion economic agenda was only one piece of the White House push to lay the groundwork to move his agenda.
Behind the scenes, the White House ramped up its bipartisan outreach on Capitol Hill — an expansion of an effort that has been underway since Biden laid out the first piece of that agenda last month, according to a White House official.
During the same week that Biden publicly rolled out the $1.8 trillion final piece of that proposal before a joint session of Congress and made two trips outside of Washington, Biden’s legislative affairs and policy teams conducted 110 calls to bipartisan members, chiefs of staff and staff directors, the official said.
The behind-the-scenes push underscores the efforts by the White House to lay out their proposals in detail, but also to start to test the waters for a potential bipartisan path forward.
Biden has already hosted two meetings with bipartisan lawmakers in the Oval Office and has pledged to look for a path toward a bipartisan deal. He spoke by phone with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, the West Virginia Republican leading a group of GOP senators who have put an infrastructure counter-framework on the table. He’s expected to extend more invitations to the White House as soon as next week.