“Is this my homecoming?” Biden joked as he walked up to the Capitol press corps, a familiar sight to the former Delaware senator.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer accompanied Biden into the meeting and echoed the President’s line, saying, “We’re going to get this done.”
But a senior administration official expressed cautious optimism that Tuesday’s announcement won’t cause Republicans to abandon the deal, which Senate leaders aim to pass this month: “We’ll see. It shouldn’t.”
Later on Wednesday, Biden told CNN’s Jeff Zeleny that he’s not worried about any potential disruptions.
“I think it’s the only way to get it done, is having two tracks,” Biden said ahead of a meeting with local officials at the White House.
“I went up and spoke to the Democratic caucus today and we put together a plan that dealt with infrastructure. It’s a bipartisan plan,” he said. “I think we’re in good shape. There may be some slight adjustments in — of the pay-fors. That’s going to get down to what the Congress wants to do.”
But, he emphasized, “We have an agreement. We have an agreement, and there may be slight changes. I’m not sure what may happen, exactly how that’s going to be paid for.”
A source in the Democratic lunch on Wednesday said that Biden was clear-eyed about the need to get the infrastructure proposals passed and came with a message that it needs to get done.
The source said that Biden made the case that the bills would make a real difference in the lives of working families who feel forgotten. The source also added that the President received a warm reception.
Schumer announced the budget reconciliation agreement on Tuesday night flanked by Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders of Vermont and others on the committee in a sign of unity among members of the Democratic caucus.
It is unclear whether the proposal of $3.5 trillion can earn the support of moderates, and the bill still has a long way to go. Schumer on Tuesday said that the legislation will eventually have the 50 votes needed to pass the Senate.
The President said he was meeting with the group of local leaders, which included both Republicans and Democrats, because “there are no Democratic roads or Republican bridges.”
“We have a bipartisan chance to solve these problems,” Biden said, adding it was also a chance for the US to “win the second quarter of the 21st century.”
“We got to build for tomorrow, there’s a lot we’re going to do,” he continued. In what may have been a slight shot at his predecessor, Biden joked that “hopefully it won’t be like the last team in here once a week and not getting anything done. We’re going to get something done.”
Democratic Govs. Phil Murphy of New Jersey and J.B. Pritzker of Illinois and Republican Gov. Phil Scott of Vermont are scheduled to attend the meeting. Democratic mayors Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio; Kate Gallego of Phoenix, Arizona; Michel Hancock of Denver, Colorado and Republican mayors David Holt of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Sandy Stimpson of Mobile, Alabama will also attend the meeting.
Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh are also expected to attend the President’s meeting with governors and mayors.
CNN’s Maegan Vazquez, Ryan Nobles, Nikki Carvajal and Lauren Fox contributed to this report.