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Slimmed-Down Biden Plan With Climate Focus Divides Progressives

Jan. 20, 2022, 6:30 PM

Progressives are divided over President Joe Biden’s willingness to break off $550 billion in climate spending from his moribund Build Back Better plan as separate legislation, despite the popularity of the provisions.

Biden cracked the door open to breaking up his signature spending bill as a means of overcoming objections to the broader measure from Democratic Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, pivotal votes in the evenly divided chamber.

“I think we can break the package up, get as much as we can now, and come back and fight for the rest later,” Biden ...