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Biden expects full Democratic backing for new proposal on broad spending package

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden expects to get the full backing of Democrats when he unveils a new framework on Thursday for the broad set of social safety nets that are the centerpiece of his legislative agenda, two sources told NBC News close to the negotiations.

Biden is expected to travel to Capitol Hill to meet behind closed doors in the morning with House Democrats to discuss the package. He is then expected to speak at the White House in the late morning and is expected to leave for his trip to Europe by mid-afternoon.

The president’s challenge before the Democratic House caucus is to sell the measure to a group of diverse interests, including progressives who have seen their priorities cut back on the bill over months of negotiations to gain the support of the moderate.

Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus have been at odds throughout talks with the two moderate senators who set up numerous roadblocks, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

The news was first reported by the Washington Post.

It’s unclear exactly what’s in the overall deal, but NBC News reported Wednesday that Democrats pulled a proposal for paid family leave and medical leave from the spending program after Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., had expressed his opposition. Biden originally offered 12 weeks of paid leave, but then last week it was reduced to four weeks before it was taken down entirely.

Democrats have said the bill will expand the child tax credit and funding for day care centers. Congressional Black Caucus Chair Representative Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, said on Wednesday the legislation would also include funding for housing and vouchers, historically black colleges and universities, and coverage for more seniors and beneficiaries. Medicaid.

The White House wanted at least an agreement on the framework for the measure before Biden left for Europe, because he does not want to appear empty-handed at the G20 summit in Rome and at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

Democrats have said the bill needs to be significantly reduced from the original $ 3.5 trillion proposal. Biden told Progressives last week he envisioned a price range of $ 1.75 trillion to $ 1.9 trillion for the final package.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi aimed to vote Thursday on the $ 550 billion infrastructure measure passed by the Senate, but progressives insisted that the broader social safety net bill takes place in tandem with the infrastructure package.

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