Grijalva, who is a co-chairman of the Progressive Caucus and a member of the Hispanic Caucus, said the free trade agreements Obama highlighted on Thursday night are “tough for us to take.” But he said that as long as Obama pushes for his plan to be taken up comprehensively, and not pulled apart, most Members will get behind it. Obama alluded to a hard-fought campaign for his jobs plan, saying on Thursday, “I intend to take that message to every corner of this country.”
Grijalva said Obama would have to make good on that promise to win passage of his plan. Another Democratic aide in Friday’s Caucus meeting said that most Members shared that view.
“More than anything, Members want Obama to go out and sell this over the long term and not just for a week or two,” the Democratic aide said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.