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Biden’s Two-Track Economic Agenda Hits Turbulence in Senate

  • Crucial Tuesday meetings set for infrastructure, budget bills
  • Paying for new spending is major sticking point in talks
Jerry Moran
Jerry MoranPhotographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg
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Senate negotiators struggled Tuesday to shore up enough support for both a bipartisan infrastructure bill and a large tax and spending measure backed only by Democrats, marking a significant political hurdle for quick congressional approval of President Joe Biden’s $4 trillion economic agenda.

A group of 22 Democratic and Republican senators plans to huddle Tuesday night to sort out lingering problems with their proposed $579 billion physical infrastructure package, while a separate group of Senate Democrats will meet in the evening to discuss the top-line spending level for the second package.