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Biden concedes Democrats 'are not going to get $3.5 trillion' for their social spending bill as Manchin and Sinema force huge cuts

Biden concedes Democrats 'are not going to get $3.5 trillion' for their social spending bill as Manchin and Sinema force huge cuts

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to the Capitol Child Development Center, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in Hartford, Conn.
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Biden publicly acknowledged that his $3.5 trillion social spending bill will need to be cut.




"We'll get less than that, but we're going to get it," he said.




He also appeared to suggest some measures like tuition-free community college could be dropped.


President Joe Biden conceded on Friday that Congressional Democrats weren't going to get the full $3.5 trillion social spending bill that was outlined earlier this summer, the first time he's publicly acknowledged the price tag needed to be cut in the face of resistance from a small but potent group of centrists in his party."I'm convinced we're going to get it done. We're not going to get $3.5 trillion," he said at a speech at a childcare center in Hartford, Connecticut. "We'll get less than that, but we're going to get it, and we're going to come back and get the rest."Biden also appeared to suggest some measures in the safety-net bill could be dropped entirely. "I don't know if I can get it done, but I've also proposed two years of free community college," he said.The president's remarks illustrate the tenuous state of the negotiations between Democrats and Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona on their safety net bill. It includes childcare subsidies, new Medicare benefits, Medicaid expansion a revamped child tax credit, affordable housing and more. All are on the chopping block with Democrats struggling to resolve major differences on the scale of tax increases and which priorities to fund.
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