Biden to participate in CNN town hall this week with ‘invitation-only audience’

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From NYPOST.COM

President Biden is set to participate in a CNN town hall in Baltimore this week where he will face questions from an “invitation-only audience” — as his administration juggles uniting the Democratic Party, a worsening border crisis and supply-chain bottlenecks creating empty shelves and threatening the on-time arrival of holiday gifts.

On Monday, CNN announced the 90-minute town hall, which will be moderated by Anderson Cooper and air at 8 p.m. ET Thursday on the network.

The president, who has recently been traveling across the country touting his “Build Back Better” agenda, could face questions regarding a number of crises and difficulties his administration is facing.

Late last week, Democrats in the Senate were reportedly getting frustrated with Biden over his ongoing negotiations with Sens. Joe Machin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), which are stalling the passage of two key pieces of legislation — a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a massive spending package — that make up the core of his agenda.

The Democratic Party will need complete unity to pass the spending package through a parliamentary process called reconciliation, which allows for passage without Republican support.

Their inability to reach an agreement comes as the Congress faces a battle on raising the debt ceiling or facing a government default.

Last week, the House of Representatives passed a short-term debt limit increase to provide $480 billion that will ensure the federal government does not default later this year.

Republicans have vowed to vote against raising the ceiling, urging Democrats to pass it on their own through reconciliation. Democrats, including Biden, have said they want to stay away from that option.

Since Biden took office, his administration has faced bipartisan criticism over its handling of the border — which has seen upward of 1 ... (Read more)