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Democrats meet to discuss the social policy bill as they press for an elusive deal.

Added 10-26-21 10:40:02am EST - “House and Senate Democrats met on Capitol Hill as they sought to unite their party behind President Biden's top legislative priority.” - Nytimes.com


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Democrats met to discuss the social policy bill as they press for an elusive deal.”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

House Democrats huddled Tuesday morning, seeking to resolve critical disputes in budget negotiations. An emerging compromise could spend around $1.75 trillion over 10 years.

Democrats met privately on Capitol Hill on Tuesday as they searched for an elusive compromise on a domestic policy and climate package, pressing to resolve crucial disagreements over health benefits, paid leave, environmental provisions and how to pay for the entire plan.

As Democrats seek to pacify key centrist holdouts balking at central pieces of the bill, party leaders are lobbying rank-and-file lawmakers, particularly liberals, to accept a measure that will be far smaller than an initial $3.5 trillion blueprint that passed Congress earlier this year. House Democrats huddled on Tuesday morning to discuss the negotiations at their weekly caucus meeting, while Senate Democrats were expected to continue privately meeting throughout the day on climate and tax provisions.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California told Democrats they were on “the verge of something major,” according to two people familiar with her comments, who disclosed the private remarks on condition of anonymity. She called the legislation “transformative, historic and bigger than anything else.”

The caucus concluded shortly before 10:30 a.m. Ms. Pelosi and Representative Pramila Jayapal of Washington, the chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, are set to meet this afternoon as talks continue over the plan, according to an aide.


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