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Biden expects Congress to approve spending, infrastructure bills

EconomySep 16, 2021 08:26PM ET
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By Nandita Bose

(Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday expressed confidence that Congress will pass both a bill funding infrastructure investments and a supplementary spending bill as Democrats seek to infuse trillions of dollars into the U.S. economy.

Democrats in Congress are writing a $3.5 trillion spending bill that funds child care, community college and other social programs with an increase in taxes on companies and the very wealthy. The party seeks to pass the massive package as a companion to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill that has bipartisan support.

"I know we still have a long way to go, but I’m confident that Congress will deliver to my desk both the bipartisan infrastructure plan and the Build Back Better Plan I proposed," he said, using the spending bill's name.

Biden later had a "positive discussion" with House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer about progress in advancing the bills, the White House said.

They also discussed plans to pass a continuing resolution to fund government operations, the White House said. The resolution must be passed by the end of September to keep government operations funded.

While the infrastructure plan has support on both sides of the aisle, Democrats in the Senate, where they narrowly hold control, face a tough battle to finalize the plan that would expand the social safety net.

As Republicans decline to support or negotiate on the $3.5 trillion package, Senate Democrats are taking a route known as budget reconciliation to pass the bill with a simple majority vote.

The party must convince moderate members in its own ranks, like Senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, to back the bill. Both have raised questions about the size and scope of the program.

Biden expects Congress to approve spending, infrastructure bills
 

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PoorStandards Sep 16, 2021 10:18PM ET
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Another administration that falls squarely into the stereotype. Democrats want to fund everything, whether or not it works, and the Republicans don't want to fund anything, regardless of whether it works or not. Can we really not find a pragmatist in this nation?
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ZS Beck Sep 16, 2021 10:14PM ET
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Can you approve another Stimulus check? I want the new I phone. It will lift the economy.
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Vlad Lozovskiy Sep 16, 2021 10:08PM ET
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Biden! Make $1000 worth $100!
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cj go Sep 16, 2021 9:49PM ET
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yes- because every economist knows when you have inflation- spend more! that'll help lower inflation
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How much more debt will Biden put on the shoulder of working American and offspring's?  How much more wealth will Biden transfer from working American to the wealthy through $ printing? National debt is on the way to $30 trillion.
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Lakshmi Priya Sep 16, 2021 8:15PM ET
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approve pls all our energy stocks are down
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I’ll have whatever he’s smokin’…
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CNN does not ask about Biden mental health. Does CNN work for Biden?
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They didn't ask about trumps either.
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Me comment guess you didn't watch those 4 yrs
 
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