President Joe Biden will visit Capitol Hill Thursday ahead of his trip to Europe for the G20 summit. CNBC’s Ylan Mui reports. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi
President Joe Biden announced Thursday that he had reached a deal with Senate Democratic holdouts on the outlines of a $1.75 trillion social spending and climate bill.
The product of months of tense negotiations between moderate and progressive lawmakers in his party, the new framework contains more details than anything else the White House has released thus far.
But it still may not be enough to win over key congressional holdouts. “I know we have an historic economic framework,” Biden said in remarks at the White House. But he added, “I’ll have more to say after I return from the critical meetings in Europe this week.”
Senior administration officials said early Thursday morning that Biden was “confident this framework will win the vote of every Democratic senator.”
But that confidence was shaken when none of the three senators in whose hands the fate of the plan lies — progressive standard bearer Bernie Sanders of Vermont and centrists Joe Manchin, W.Va. and Kyrsten Sinema, Ariz. — publicly committed to voting for the current framework.
On the contrary, they all appeared to view the framework as an evolving proposal, not a final, ironclad deal.
The current framework is far smaller than Biden’s original $3.5 trillion proposal, and it has not been written into legislative language yet.
Still, the package contains a wide-ranging set of programs that, if enacted, will profoundly impact the lives of families with children, low-income Americans and the renewable energy economy.
Universal preschool for all 3- and 4-year olds, which is funded for at least 6 years.
Subsidized child care that caps what parents pay at 7% of their income, which is funded for 6 years.
A one-year extension of the current expanded Child Tax Credit, which impacts approximately 35 million households nationwide.
Expanded tax credits for 10 years for utility and residential clean energy, including electric vehicles.
Extend the current, pandemic-related Affordable Care Act subsidies for 4 years.
Allow Medicare to cover the cost of hearing.
The White House says the total cost of the programs will come to $1.75 trillion. There is also an additional $100 billion earmarked to reduce immigration backlogs and speed up asylum processing. But that money would require approval by the Senate’s nonpartisan rule maker, known as the Senate Parliamentarian, who has twice rejected attempts by Democrats to include immigration language in what is technically a budget bill.
Also notable is what the framework does not contain. A longstanding proposal to create a federal paid family and medical leave system was dropped from the bill on Wednesday afternoon after Manchin, a key Democratic swing vote, said he did not believe the program belonged in the bill.
Cuts like these infuriated House and Senate progressives, and Sanders told reporters Thursday “it needs to be improved.”
“What we have to do now is, first of all, make sure that before the [infrastructure bill] vote takes place in the House, to make sure that there is a very explicit legislative language” on the social spending plan, he said.
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