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Pelosi mistakes Obama for Biden while pushing president's agenda

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday misspoke, calling for the passage of President Barack Obama’s agenda rather than President Joe Biden’s.

Pelosi called on Congress to “keep government open” and work to “address the full Obama agenda of building back better.”

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Biden has advocated for a social spending plan the administration dubbed the Build Back Better agenda, with legislation of the same name currently under negotiation in Congress.

Pelosi previously vowed to bring the reconciliation bill and the infrastructure to the floor for corresponding House votes. Some progressives have said vote they will vote against the infrastructure bill until a reconciliation bill passes, while centrists called for an immediate vote on the infrastructure bill. This leaves Democratic leadership, including Pelosi, to try and bridge the divide within her caucus to pass the key elements of the president’s agenda.

In a Tuesday "Dear Colleague" letter, Pelosi argued Congress has a “moral imperative” to pass “the Biden Build Back Better Act,” writing, “We must and will move forward to keep government open and to lift the debt ceiling.”

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“As I write this to you, negotiations are being led by President Biden to advance his vision,” Pelosi wrote. “The President takes a pride in his agenda, which is shared overwhelmingly by House and Senate Democrats, which creates jobs, gives tax cuts for the middle class, lowers costs for health care and is paid by making the wealthiest few and big corporations pay their fair share.”

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Original Author: Kate Scanlon

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