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Progressives Bow to Reality of Diminished Hopes for Agenda

  • Continued Manchin opposition forces Democrats to rethink plan
  • New inflation report likely weakens negotiating position
Joe Manchin
Joe ManchinPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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Progressive Democrats are increasingly resigned to accepting a far-narrower version of President Joe Biden’s economic agenda than they had hoped to pass when the administration took office.

Any agreement to trim programs from President Joe Biden’s economic package would mark a sharp reversal for progressives Democrats, who have already settled for a bill a quarter of the size of their original $10 trillion proposal. But several House progressives suggested in interviews this week that a smaller bill was better than no bill at all in the face of entrenched opposition from Democratic Senator Joe Manchin to their more expansive plans.