Psaki says Biden to negotiate lower price tag with progressives on $3.5T spending bill

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that President Biden will host a virtual meeting with progressive House members to negotiate a lower price tag on the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill.
Biden will meet with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus later Monday "in order to have a discussion about the path forward, which includes the recognition that this package is going to be smaller than originally proposed," Psaki said during her daily press briefing.

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"What he wants to hear from them is what their priorities are, what their bottom lines are, so he can play a constructive role in moving things forward," she added.

Psaki said Biden will hold another meeting with moderate Democrats later this week, which will also be virtual because the House is out of session.

Progressive Democrats want the reconciliation bill to move in tandem with the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill already passed by the Senate. A House vote on the reconciliation…
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