Joe Biden hosts Kevin McCarthy and other congressional leaders to discuss areas of ‘mutual agreement’ immediately after House GOP tosses Liz Cheney from leadership ranks
- Joe Biden hosted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy just after he led the vote to oust Liz Cheney for not backing Donald Trump’s election fraud claims
- Biden met with the Big Four congressional leaders on Wednesday for the first time since taking office to ‘discuss policy areas of mutual agreement’
- McCarthy and Biden’s relationship could be the most tense as the House minority leader made it clear he backs the claim Biden’s 2020 win is illegitimate
- Biden speaks often with Democratic Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer
- This is the first time as president he will sit down with McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell as he tries to pass his massive jobs plan
Kevin McCarthy sat down with the president at the White House for a Big Four meeting on Wednesday immediately after dethroning Liz Cheney from her Republican leadership post for refusing to back claims Joe Biden‘s election win was illegitimate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy joined Biden to ‘discuss policy areas of mutual agreement,’ according to the White House preview of the meeting.
The president is seeking to use his first time sitting down with the top four congressional leaders to garner bipartisan support for his massive infrastructure proposals, which includes nearly $4 trillion in new spending on real and so-called ‘human infrastructure’.
Biden has also instructed Congress to send him a deal on police reform.
The president told members of the press gathered for some pictures before the meeting that he is happy to host the leaders to see if they can reach some ‘consensus.’
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris sat down with the Big Four congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday. From left to right: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Harris, Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer
The White House said Biden invited the group to ‘discuss policy areas of mutual agreement’ as he tries to garner bipartisan support for his $4 trillion spending proposals on infrastructure and so-called ‘human infrastructure’
Schumer and Pelosi – members of the president’s own party – have spoken with Biden several times since he took office
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (left) joined the meeting immediately after holding the vote to oust GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney from her post for not supporting Trump election fraud claims
This is the first time the Big Four have gone to the White House to sit down with the president since the disastrous meeting with Donald Trump in October 2019. That meeting quickly devolved into a tense back-and-forth between Pelosi and Trump resulting in an infamous photo with the Speaker angrily pointing her finger at the then-president.
Biden regularly speaks with Pelosi and Schumer – members of his own party – but has not yet met with GOP leadership.
While McConnell and Biden’s seemingly cordial relationship spans decades in Congress, McCarthy’s rapport with the president is more of a mystery.
The minority leader arrives at the White House just after leading the vote to oust Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney from her GOP Conference chair post for refusing to fall in line with the party backing Donald Trump’s claims the election was stolen and ‘rigged’ against him.
Cheney was one of the 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach Trump after the January 6 Capitol attack.
In a quick voice vote Wednesday morning, scheduled and spearheaded by McCarthy, Cheney was booted from her No. 3 position among House Republicans.
She says her new mission is to make sure Trump ‘never again is anywhere near the Oval Office.’
Cheney was voted out of her No. 3 leadership position further solidifying the party’s belief they need Donald Trump to win back the majority in the House in 2022. Cheney said: “I will do everything I can to ensure that the former president never again, is anywhere near the Oval Office’
McCarthy scheduled the meeting to boot Cheney from her No. 3 spot in House leadership, which happened rather swiftly with a voice vote – meaning there is no record showing which way the Republican representatives voted
Biden is aware his best chances of clinching a deal in Congress is through rank-and-file members, and not in party leadership, which could be why he has prioritized meetings with non-leadership members since taking office.
The White House legislative affairs team, according to NPR, has conducted more than 500 phone calls or meetings with lawmakers and Hill staffers regarding Biden’s job plans.
This is the first time Biden is inviting McConnell and McCarthy to the White House.
The president’s massive American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan equates to nearly $4 trillion in new spending, and will be mostly funded through individual and corporate tax hikes.