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Biden Team Pivots to Brokering Democratic Budget Bill Deal

  • Next step for economic agenda is unifying House Democrats
  • Progressives, moderates clash on vision for spending bill
President Joe Biden walks on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on June 29. 

President Joe Biden walks on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on June 29. 

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President Joe Biden’s team is pivoting from saving a bipartisan Senate infrastructure bill from collapse to trying to unify House Democrats behind both that bill and a follow-on, multi-trillion dollar economic package expected to pass on a party-line vote.

White House counselor Steve Ricchetti met Tuesday with the Congressional Progressive Caucus and plans to reach out to other groups on Biden’s strategy to pass a $579 billion bipartisan infrastructure bill in tandem with a bigger, broader tax and social spending package. Progressives have yet to be sold on the substance of the first bill, which they complain lacks climate-change provisions, and differ on the size and scope of the second bill.