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January 1, Biden concedes to a smaller price tag for social spending package



President Biden conceded to a smaller price tag for his once-massive $3.5 trillion social spending package, now expected to land somewhere between $1.9 and $2.3 trillion.

“I want to make sure that we have a package that everyone can agree on,” Biden told reporters. “It’s not going to be $3.5 trillion. It’s going to be less than that.”

Biden’s plan includes required paid family and medical leave, expanded Medicare coverage, and extended tax breaks for certain Americans.

Previously, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. VA) insisted on a $1.5 trillion price point for the plan and means-testing of some programs.

“My number’s been 1.5,” Manchin said Wednesday, adding that he wants to avoid turning the country into “an entitlement society.”

Biden finds himself between and a rock and a hard place with moderate and progressive Democrats. Progressives repeatedly insist on a higher price point.

During a virtual meeting on Monday, Rep. Pramilia Jayapal (D-WA), the Congressional Progressive Caucus leader, told Biden that she wanted a $2.5 to $2.9 trillion figure.


In budget turning point, Biden conceding smaller price tag

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