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Biden Agenda Risks Delay Into 2022 as Manchin Talks Falter

  • Democrats struggle to find agreement on key issues in plan
  • Manchin remains main holdout for passage in 50-50 Senate
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Senate Democrats are preparing for the possibility that passage of President Joe Biden’s roughly $2 trillion economic agenda will get delayed until the new year, as negotiations falter between the White House and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Manchin has repeatedly raised concerns about the cost and impact on the economy of the legislation to carry out Biden’s plans for social spending and climate mitigation. The discussions between Biden and Manchin have been going poorly, according to two people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the talks are private.