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Democratic Split on Taxes, Spending Imperils Deal Deadline

  • Negotiators rework tax-hike plans to win Sinema’s support
  • Democrats aimed to have ‘framework’ for deal this week
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Congressional Democrats are at odds over both the tax and spending sides of a bill to enact the bulk of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda, putting in question the goal of party leaders to strike a deal by the end of the week.

The chances for agreement -- which seemed in reach late Tuesday -- have receded as Democrats intensified a search for alternatives to the corporate and individual tax hikes they’d worked on for months, in the face of opposition from Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. Democrats also are reworking the bill’s climate provisions, after Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he can’t support a clean power program favored by Biden, and they are still struggling to come to terms on a host of other provisions.