Democrats face reality of cutting Biden social-welfare bill

Democrats were still thwarted by strong party divisions Monday over how to move forward on key parts of President Biden’s economic agenda, as lawmakers faced the harsh reality that they must trim the president’s $3.5 trillion social-welfare bill to secure its passage.

Mr. Biden held a virtual meeting with progressive House Democrats on Monday afternoon to try to negotiate a lower price tag on his $3.5 trillion “reconciliation” package, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

Later this week, the president will have another virtual meeting with centrist House Democrats. And on Tuesday, Mr. Biden will travel to Michigan to try selling voters on the centerpieces of his economic agenda.

Ms. Psaki said the discussions focus on “the path forward, which includes recognition that the package is going to be smaller than originally proposed.”

“What he wants to hear from them is what their priorities are, what their bottom lines are so
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