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WASHINGTON – President Biden will travel to his childhood hometown of Scranton, Pa. On Wednesday to advocate for an economic, environmental and social policy agenda that Congress Democrats are cutting in hopes of securing a deal to enact it this fall.

The visit comes as Mr Biden conceded that key elements of his proposal would most likely be dropped or drastically reduced, allowing them to fit to a much smaller extent than the original $ 3.5 trillion plan the Democrats did. had sketched over the summer.

In a White House meeting on Tuesday, the president reiterated that the overall price would be around $ 2 trillion and suggested it could be as low as $ 1.75 trillion, two said. people familiar with the private chat who disclosed details on condition of anonymity. . They also warned that details were still evolving. In recent days, Mr. Biden had proposed spending between $ 1.9 trillion and $ 2.2 trillion over 10 years.

During his visit to Scranton, Mr. Biden will deliver a speech at the Electric City Trolley Museum, where he will reflect on his education in the working class and how it influenced its values ​​and the policies he led to power.

Mr Biden is negotiating talks between moderate and progressive Democrats on how to scale back his plans for climate change, education, child care, paid time off, home care for elderly and disabled Americans and A series of efforts to fight poverty, all of which are bundled in one bill, party leaders hope to push through party lines in the coming weeks. Agreement on this bill could in turn lead progressives in the House to vote for a separate bill to invest in roads, bridges, broadband, water pipes and other physical infrastructure. , which has already cleared the Senate with bipartisan support.

The president and congressional leaders hope to finalize the framework for a deal by the end of the week.

Democrats should drop one of Mr. Biden’s favorite campaign pledges as part of the cut: a plan to give every American two years of free community college. They will also likely abandon what had been a centerpiece of their climate plan: a clean electricity program to help quickly replace coal and gas-fired power plants, opposed by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin III. .

In its place, Democrats are in talks to spend up to $ 150 billion in additional tax credits for solar and nuclear power and carbon capture from fossil-fueled power plants, as well as subsidies and loans to incentivize reductions in emissions of steel, concrete and other industrial uses, in the hope of keeping the United States on track to meet an international commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions tight.

Democrats could also restrict the expansion of monthly payments to families with children, potentially extending the expansion by a year while making some benefits permanent for poorer American families.

Majority leader Senator Chuck Schumer of New York said on Wednesday that he, Mr Biden and President Nancy Pelosi of California would speak later this morning on the final details of the plan.

“The members are in a position where they want to do something – they understand that you have to get everyone in the tent because we have very tight margins,” Maryland Rep. Steny H. Hoyer told reporters on majority leader. when asked about the lower spending proposal. “So I think they will adapt to that. “

Coming out of a private caucus meeting on Wednesday morning, some Democrats appeared very concerned about the prospect of limiting the length of the expanded child tax credit to one more year. Democrats had hoped to extend monthly payments until 2024 or 2025.

“I think that’s a big mistake – a one-year extension is a big mistake,” Representative Rosa DeLauro, Connecticut Democrat and proposal champion, said Wednesday morning. “And I think it’s not good, not good for the country, what I’m going to do is keep pushing for a new more sustainable environment for children and for families.”


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