Oct 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy

White House sees Hill deal on Biden's spending plans "soon"


President Biden with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

A White House official tells me talks with Democratic lawmakers on the final shape of President Biden's Build Back Better agenda "are accelerating ... [T]his progress means we can conclude negotiations soon."

Driving the news: "There’s urgency and purpose in our conversations behind bringing these game-changing economic growth plans home for families, and we feel good about the momentum," the official said.

State of play: Democrats are wrangling over how to cut Biden's social-spending plans from $3.5 trillion over 10 years to around $2 trillion — still a historic increase in the safety net.

Mood music: "NEGOTIATIONS DRAG ON FOR 'BUILD BACK BETTER' BILLS," an MSNBC chyron blared Friday morning.

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