To date, only four of Biden’s choices to be a U.S. ambassador to a foreign government have been approved by the Senate — three of them just on Tuesday. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is blocking many of them.
As Biden and Democratic leaders close in on a budget deal, the murky goals and demands of the Arizona senator remain a persistent uncertainty.
The chairman of the Senate Budget Committee targeted the West Virginia moderate over his view of the role government should play.
How the president cajoles key moderate holdouts and assuages restive liberals will help determine the fate of his chief domestic priority in Congress.
The president argued the cost of the package will be offset by tax hikes on the wealthy and big corporations. He also counseled patience on the nation’s turmoil, saying “we’re going to be in a very different place” by year’s end.
Biden deliberately stayed in the background as he participated in the anniversary of the attacks for the first time as the nation’s commander in chief.
The withdrawal was confirmed by two people with knowledge of the decision.
The president, in his second Ida-related visit in less than a week, is expected to use a part of his remarks to focus attention on his expansive domestic infrastructure agenda.