Biden meets with Democrats as $3.5-trillion Plan Faces Party Split

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WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is launching meetings with Democrats from the House and Senate as Congress works to bridge party divisions over his big $3.5 trillion “build back better” agenda.

The afternoon sessions Wednesday come ahead of crucial voting deadlines.

The House is to vote soon on the first part of Biden’s plan – a nearly $1 trillion public works package.

It was already approved by the Senate, but progressives are withholding their support unless it’s partnered with the bigger bill – while centrists view the $3.5 trillion price tag as too high. Biden’s push can bring political heft to the negotiations.

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