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POTUS Expects Full Dem Support For Revised Spending Package, But ‘No One Got Everything They Wanted’

POTUS Expects Full Dem Support For Revised Spending Package, But ‘No One Got Everything They Wanted’

President Joe Biden unveiled a new framework Thursday for the sweeping social safety net package that includes money for child care and climate change, beginning an uphill struggle to convince leery lawmakers who have watched their priorities dwindle from the package. If Biden is successful in passing this proposal and his $550 billion infrastructure plan, Congress will have enacted $5 trillion in spending in the 10 months since he took office — a historic level of new domestic spending.

The President went to Capitol Hill on Thursday morning and met behind closed doors with House Democrats to pitch a plan that includes money for child care and climate change, but left out paid family leave. The news of the cut from Biden’s Build Back Better spending package came Wednesday as the party feverishly worked to narrow down the bill and secure an agreement. “We are at an inflection point,” Biden told House Democrats on Thursday in a closed-door meeting after he had postponed his departure for his trip to Europe. “The rest of the world wonders whether we can function.”

The newest proposal amounts to $1.75 trillion, down from the original $3.5 trillion package. It includes priorities like funding for climate change, childcare, and universal preschool. It relies on new taxes, including one aimed at millionaires and billionaires. But it omits many Democratic priorities, like paid family leave and free community college, which has upset many of the President’s supporters.

President Biden originally proposed 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave in his economic agenda, which was then whittled down to four weeks, and then completely eliminated after pushback from centrist Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). Senate Democrats needed their entire caucus to be on board due to a lack of support from Republicans.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she continues to hope Democrats will support President Biden’s plan and still be able to include paid leave in the bill. “I trust the President of the United States,” the Speaker said at her weekly press conference. The exclusion leaves the U.S. as one of just six countries without any form of national paid leave and one of eight without national maternity leave as the President prepares to meet with global leaders. Even if Democrats had settled on four weeks of paid parental leave, the U.S. would still lag numerous other countries. The global average for paid maternity leave is 29 weeks, and 16 weeks for paid paternity leave.

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