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President Joe Biden made a surprise appearance at Wednesday night’s Congressional Baseball Game, cheering lawmakers as Congress must pass an emergency finance law – to avoid a government shutdown – and lifting the debt ceiling – to avoid default.

That’s on top of getting its two key pieces of legislation — the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the $3.5 Reconciliation Bill — over the line.

The Republican side of the stadium greeted Biden with a boo. Democrats shouted “We Love Joe” and “Build Back Better,” the slogan of his agenda.

Biden donned a blue baseball cap and was spotted putting his name under baseballs.

Biden’s entrance came after the Republican team hit back-to-back home runs and led the Democrats 5-3 after the first inning. Democrats got an extra run by the time Biden arrived.

President Joe Biden arrives Wednesday night at the Congressional Baseball Game at Nationals Park in Washington, DC

Biden stole Democrats' best player, former Representative Cedric Richmond, to work in the White House.  Democrats were two runs behind when Biden arrived

Biden stole Democrats’ best player, former Representative Cedric Richmond, to work in the White House. Democrats were two runs behind when Biden arrived

Biden recruited the Democrats’ top player, Rep. Cedric Richmond, to work in the White House, which could help the GOP break the Democrat streak.

The Republicans last won the game in 2016.

The Democrats have won eight of their last nine games.

Shortly after Biden arrived, Democrats retook the lead.

Richmond was spotted hanging out with Democratic lawmakers in their dugout.

The game is played in Nationals Park in southeastern DC. Biden came out alongside the Washington Nationals race presidents – giant versions of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson.

In addition to attending a memorial service earlier Wednesday, Biden has remained huddled in meetings with lawmakers all week since receiving his COVID-19 booster shot Monday morning.

The president skipped a planned trip to Chicago on Wednesday to conduct more talks.

Biden’s foray into the game comes after the House passed a bill that would suspend the debt cap until after next year’s interim terms.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (center left), who was injured while practicing for the annual competition in 2017, high fives Rep.  Louie Gohmert (center right)

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (center left), who was injured while practicing for the annual competition in 2017, high fives Rep. Louie Gohmert (center right)

Rep.  William Timmons (left), a Republican from South Carolina, wears a

Rep. William Timmons (left), a Republican from South Carolina, wears a “Fix Congress” jersey to Wednesday’s game. Rep. Dean Phillips (right), a Republican from Minnesota, is captured while pointing at the message

sen.  Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican, puts on her cleats ahead of Wednesday's congressional baseball game in Nationals Park

sen. Joni Ernst, an Iowa Republican, puts on her cleats ahead of Wednesday’s congressional baseball game in Nationals Park

The vote was 219-212, mainly along party lines. However, one Republican voted to raise the limit — Rep. Adam Kinzinger – as two Democrats voted alongside House Republicans.

The Democrats who voted against the standalone bill were Representatives Jared Golden and Kurt Schrader.

The debt ceiling – how much the US government is allowed to borrow – would be lifted until December 2022.

The bill now goes to the Senate, where it will almost certainly be killed by Republicans.

A stand-alone bill to suspend the debt ceiling until after next year's midterm races was passed by the House on Wednesday night

A stand-alone bill to suspend the debt ceiling until after next year’s midterm races was passed by the House on Wednesday night

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, walking next to actor Woody Harrelson, walks to the House flor . on Wednesday

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, walking next to actor Woody Harrelson, walks to the House flor . on Wednesday

Earlier Wednesday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki raised concerns about Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Ted Cruz during the press conference for their opposition to helping Democrats raise the debt ceiling.

“We are currently being held back by Congr… Sen. McConnell – I almost accidentally demoted him – by Sen. McConnell, by Sen. Cruz and others. And what’s so absurd about this is that these are individuals, especially Senator McConnell, who have made very clear in the past about their concerns and the risks of US government default,” Psaki said. “That’s why it never happened in the past.”

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen testified that the government will run out of money on October 18.

“It would have a huge, devastating impact on our economy,” Psaki warned. “He knows that, he’s said that publicly, he still won’t vote for it and he’s still trying to stop us from raising the debt limit — if that’s not politics, I don’t know what is,” Psaki said. McConnell.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed concerns about Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Ted Cruz during Wednesday's press conference about their opposition to helping Democrats raise the debt ceiling

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki expressed concerns about Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell and Senator Ted Cruz during Wednesday’s press conference about their opposition to helping Democrats raise the debt ceiling

Cruz had vowed to prevent Democrats from suspending the debt cap through a simple majority vote if McConnell had not intervened and objected.

On Tuesday, McConnell spoke up as Senate Leader Chuck Schumer tried to pass a debt-ceiling bill by unanimous consent.

On Wednesday, Schumer urged Republicans to “get out of the way.”

Psaki said the White House was not looking for other alternatives to raise the debt ceiling.

“The only option here is to pass this through Congress,” she said.

Raising the debt ceiling is one of four things Congress has on the agenda this week.

The more urgent deadline is to pass an emergency financing bill before the government closes at midnight on Thursday.

Democrats had originally wanted to wind down an emergency financing bill with a debt ceiling hike, but McConnell resisted.

Now they appear to be ready to pass a “clean” law to avoid a government shutdown.

A shutdown occurs when Congress does not approve a budget.

It is different from the debt ceiling – that is the amount that the government is allowed to borrow. Legislators can raise or suspend the debt limit. The House of Representatives opted for the latter.

If the Senate doesn’t deal with the debt limit either, the country could default — something that’s never happened in US history.

Only Democrats could approve a debt-ceiling bill using reconciliation, but Schumer said on Wednesday that route would be “risky” because an individual senator could delay the process, leading to default.

The third and fourth big ticket items are President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill and the proposed $3.5 trillion budget bill — including some liberal goodies.

The $3.5 trillion bill will only pass in the Senate using the reconciliation process, but Biden still needs every Democratic senator on board.

So far that hasn’t happened.

After hours of meetings with moderate Democratic Senator Kyrsten Sinema in the White House Wednesday, another moderate holdout, Senator Joe Manchin, released a statement saying he still wasn’t comfortable with the multi-trillion dollar price tag.

Just before that, Psaki had assured reporters that Sinema would at least pass a reconciliation law.

“Our feeling is that she does,” Psaki said.

After the Sinema meeting, Biden hosted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Schumer to the White House.

The bipartisan infrastructure package that Biden’s team has negotiated with Republicans was set to receive a House vote Thursday, but progressive Senator Bernie Sanders tells his progressive colleagues in the House to kill it — using that as leverage to get the Reconciliation Act done. to get.

The bipartisan infrastructure bill has already passed the Senate.

Psaki was asked on Wednesday afternoon whether the infrastructure vote in the House of Representatives was still expected.

“Well, that’s why we all came to Washington — it’s like an episode of a TV show,” she replied. “Maybe the West Wing if something good happens, maybe Veep if it doesn’t,” she joked.

Pelosi, back on Capitol Hill for the debt ceiling vote, told reporters “that’s the plan” when asked about the infrastructure vote.

This week is a superficial deadline for the two Biden bills, but there are concerns that Congress will lose steam if they aren’t passed soon.

“We are clearly at a precarious and important moment in these discussions,” Psaki admitted.

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