Biden to announce framework for Build Back Better social and climate bill

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the agenda to rebuild better infrastructure at the NJ TRANSIT Meadowlands Conservation Complex in Kearney, New Jersey, United States, October 25, 2021.

Jonathan Ernst | Reuters

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will announce Thursday that he has reached a deal with Democratic strongholds in the Senate on a social spending and climate bill, according to multiple sources familiar with his plans.

The apparent deal is the culmination of months of sometimes tense negotiations between moderate and progressive lawmakers.

Biden will head to Capitol Hill Thursday morning for the House Democratic caucus. There, he is expected to appeal to House progressives to vote on the stalled $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which the Senate has already passed.

It was not clear on Thursday whether the progressives would agree to drum up support for the infrastructure bill, which does not contain many of their top priorities. Progressives have so far refused to support the infrastructure bill, demanding that Democratic leaders first pass tough legislative language for the utility social spending bill.

After the House meeting, Biden will deliver remarks on the framework at 11:30 a.m. ET, before departing for a week of summits in Europe.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.


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