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Biden’s Economic Plan Hits Crunch Time, Now With Manchin as Ally

  • Schumer, Manchin close in on deal for tax, climate, drugs bill
  • China-linked package, other items hinge on reconciliation bill
The National Mall in Washington, D.C., US. 

The National Mall in Washington, D.C., US. 

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Crunch time has finally arrived for President Joe Biden’s economic agenda as congressional Democrats scramble for a deal on a slimmed-down version of what was once a multi-trillion-dollar overhaul of domestic policy.

The Senate aims to pass the revised package before its summer recess begins Aug. 8, a move that would line up a win for Democrats defending their slim congressional control ahead of November’s midterm elections.