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Politics After Biden meeting, Pelosi calls spending bill deal within sight

19:35  22 october  2021
19:35  22 october  2021 Source:   washingtonexaminer.com

Pelosi signals big spending package will shrink to $2 trillion

  Pelosi signals big spending package will shrink to $2 trillion Facing intractable opposition from party centrists, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats will have to “make tighter decisions” on a massive social welfare spending package that is stalled in Congress. © Provided by Washington Examiner Pelosi, a California Democrat, acknowledged in a press conference Tuesday that the $3.

Upon her return to Capitol Hill from a meeting at the White House on Friday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that a deal was within reach on congressional Democrats’ sweeping social spending package.

  After Biden meeting, Pelosi calls spending bill deal within sight © Provided by Washington Examiner

Pelosi met with President Joe Biden on Friday, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joining them virtually, as Democrats seek an agreement on the spending package that comprises key portions of the president’s domestic agenda. Congressional Democrats have thus far failed to reach an agreement between their liberal and centrist members.

“We had a very positive meeting this morning,” Pelosi said. “I'm very optimistic.”

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  Free community college, child tax credits, and affordable housing are among safety net measures on the chopping block as Democrats struggle to find middle ground with centrist holdouts Democrats are fuming at harsh cuts Manchin and Sinema want in Biden's social spending bill. Some are floating another Democratic-only bill next year.Pelosi is bracing lawmakers for the massive cuts required to assemble a spending package capable of clearing their threadbare majorities in the House and Senate, garnering the votes of a small centrist faction made up of figures like Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

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Pelosi did not shed light on when the deal can be expected or when there would be a vote.

Asked if Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin were on board for a deal, she replied, “That’s up to the Senate and the White House to decide.” Manchin and Sinema have objected to the size and scope of a $3.5 trillion proposal. Manchin has said his price cap is $1.5 trillion, far below what socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and members of the House Progressive Caucus are pushing.

Pelosi called the spending package “bigger than anything we've ever done with Americans,” arguing it will create jobs and address “urgent” climate needs.

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“Much of what we need to do has been written,” she said, adding that “just a few decisions” remain.

Pelosi says 90% of Biden's social spending plan is done

  Pelosi says 90% of Biden's social spending plan is done Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that Democrats expect to pass Joe Biden's massive social spending plan by the end of the week that will pave the way for the bipartisan infrastructure deal to pass. 'We have 90% of the bill agreed to and written, we just have some of the last decisions to be made,' the House Speaker told CNN State of the Union host Jake Tapper.'I think we're pretty much there now. We're almost there – it's just the language of it,' Pelosi said, adding Democrats will have the deal by the time President Biden leaves for Europe at the end of the week.

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Biden announces 'historic' deal — but no action yet .
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he and Democrats in Congress have reached a “historic" framework for his sweeping domestic policy package. But he still needs to lock down votes from key colleagues for what's now a dramatically scaled-back bill. Eager to have a deal in hand before his departure late in the day for global summits, Biden made his case privately on Capitol Hill to House Democrats and publicly in a speech at the White House. He's now pressing for a still-robust package — $1.75 trillion of social services and climate change programs — that the White House believes can pass the 50-50 Senate.

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