Biden expected to meet with House Democrats before heading to Europe

President Biden is expected to meet with the House Democratic caucus meeting at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning before he leaves for Europe, multiple sources familiar with his plans told CBS News. The meeting could delay his departure to Joint Base Andrews, where he will take off for his trip to Europe.

Negotiations are ongoing among Senate Democrats for Mr. Biden’s social spending plan, Build Back Better. Democratic lawmakers continued haggling over final details of the legislation on Wednesday, with the fate of a new paid family leave plan — a signature campaign pledge by Mr. Biden and congressional Democrats — in doubt amid opposition from Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia.  

Mr. Biden and top White House aides met with House lawmakers Tuesday afternoon in a meeting where the president was described as a “master negotiator” who is “building momentum to get this done.” 

While the White House had hoped to have landed on a final bill before Mr. Biden went to Europe, press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday that they are preparing to continue talks while he is out of town. “There are phones on Air Force One and phones in Europe,” Psaki said Tuesday.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.

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