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Congressmen returned to Capitol Hill today to enter the final battle over two major multi-trillion-dollar spending bills to boost infrastructure and secure President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan.

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The Democratic-controlled House and Senate will have only 10 legislative days to meet the October 31 deadline to pass both the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill and the spending bill known as the Build Back Better Act. – originally estimated to cost around $3.5 trillion, but likely to reduce it to $2.2 trillion (or perhaps even less) to gain wider support – in the party over scope and eventual price tag Amidst the standoff between progressives and moderates.

Among major investments, the “hard infrastructure” bill includes funding for roads and highways, bridges, broadband development, water support and airport projects, while the “human” spending bill includes funding to fight climate change, medical expansion and free two provides. -year community college.

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Private feud between liberals and progressive Democrats went public

Joe Manchin of West Virginia reportedly told the White House on Friday that he strongly opposes a clean electricity program that is central to the package’s climate funding. He is ready to win the fight and completely withdraw it from plans, new York Times Report.

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Another opponent of the bill’s most radical elements is Arizona’s Kirsten Cinema, which last week threatened to vote against it unless a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill is already passed.

The move drew sharp criticism from progressive allies of the pair, who accused the cinema of being “corporate lobbyists in front of the people” and suggested that the moderates were “letting the planet burn”.

He is just one person. There are more of us who say hell no, we will let the planet burn. https://t.co/Vqz0tyxtyy

— Rashida Tlaib (@rashida Tlaib) 16 October 2021

Biden looks at the final cost of his Build Back Better Plan as Democrats

Congressional Democrats will spend the next 10 legislative days struggling to unite their fractured caucus behind a $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill – the costliest and most important part of President Joe Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda.

But the lines on which projects and causes should receive the most funding – and how much to spend overall – are threatening to derail the plan and do significant damage to White House political strategy before the mid-term.

Biden has indicated he expects the bill to bring the total to about $2 trillion – something progressives see as a much deeper cut than originally planned.

Full Story: Window Closing for Democrats to Achieve Biden’s Agenda as Congress Returns

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Lawmakers will begin returning to Capitol Hill this morning before a series of major debates about a multi-trillion-dollar funding package and debt ceiling that could lead to a government shutdown just before Christmas.

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