Biden takeaway from Virginia defeat: 'I'm continuing to push very hard' for large spending bill
"I do know that people want us to get things done," Biden said. "I think we should produce for the American people."
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President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that his takeaway from the Virginia election results is that he will continue to push for passage of the $1 trillion Senate-passed infrastructure bill along with his nearly $2 trillion Build Back Better Act.
Biden was asked "how much responsibility" he takes for the dismal results for Democrats in Virginia, where Republicans won the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general races.
"No governor in Virginia has ever won when he's the same, or, he or she is the same party as a sitting president. What I do know is, I do know that people want us to get things done. They want us to get things done," Biden said during a news conference.
"And that's why I'm continuing to push very hard for the Democratic Party to move along and pass my infrastructure bill and my Build Back Better bill," he added.
Biden said both of those bills, the Democrats' budget reconciliation bill and the bipartisan infrastructure bill, should have passed before Nov. 2, but he's not sure it would have changed the outcome for Democrats.
"I think we should have, it should have have passed before Election Day," he said. "But I'm not sure that I would be able to have changed the number of very conservative folks who turned out in the red districts who were Trump voters, but maybe, maybe. I think we should produce for the American people.
"People need a little breathing room. They're overwhelmed, and what happened was, I think we have to just produce results for them to change their standard of living and give them a little more breathing room."
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