Tough Choices Loom for Democrats Paring $3.5 Trillion Wish List

Oct. 6, 2021, 9:01 AM

President Joe Biden and Democrats are jockeying to trim their once-$3.5 trillion signature domestic policy package to as little as $1.9 trillion while staying united on passing the legislation.

Some big ticket items may fall by the wayside while others may expire after a few years or be restricted to only the poorest Americans, lawmakers say.

These changes are necessary, Biden has told lawmakers, to win support from two centrist Democrats—Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.)—whose votes will be pivotal to passage.

Democrats say the message is clear: find common ground and be willing to give up some ...

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