Daily Archive: October 2, 2021

Democrats contend with how to scale down Biden’s social safety net plan

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01: President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) leave a House Democratic Caucus meeting in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. The President called the meeting in order to push through an impasse with his $1 trillion infrastructure plan. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

President Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leave a meeting with Democratic lawmakers at the Capitol on Friday. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)

Congressional Democrats eager to make progress on President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan are beginning to confront the harrowing challenge of squeezing their ambitious remodeling of the nation’s social safety net programs into the much smaller package needed to win over key centrists.

For a second day, Democratic leaders and White House officials gathered on Capitol Hill in hopes of reaching agreement on a framework for the social investment package, which has been expected to establish

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