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House passes Biden's $3.5 trillion blueprint after deal is struck with moderates

Nancy Pelosi
Posted at 4:35 PM, Aug 24, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Compromising with moderates, House Democratic leaders muscled President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar budget blueprint over a key hurdle.

The 220-212 vote Tuesday hoped to end a standoff that halted proceedings but signaled challenges ahead.

A band of moderate lawmakers was threatening to withhold their support for the $3.5 trillion plan.

They are demanding the House first approved a $1 trillion public works package that’s already passed the Senate.

House leaders are offering them a Sept. 27 date for a vote on the bipartisan bill as a compromise.

Passage would be a key first step toward approval of the broader Biden packages this fall.