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How the White House will save the Build Back Better Bill

Posted 1.19.22 in General

How the White House will save the Build Back Better Bill

On January 18, Reuters reported that the White House is seeking to re-establish talks on its $1.75 trillion spending bill, working to salvage climate change measures but trim down items like the child tax credit and paid family leave, according to two people working on the plan (see link to full Reuters article below).

President Joe Biden’s administration is expected to pivot from an attempt to pass voting rights legislation through the Senate to reset talks with lawmakers on a pared-down version of the Build Back Better bill, the sources said.

White House climate expert Gina McCarthy and U.S. Treasury officials have set off for Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers and staff on the bill as part of the effort to preserve some of Biden’s economic and environmental agenda. To date, support for climate and environmental spending remains strong.

To save the bill, there needs to be a reengagement of negotiations, a source for the Reuters article stated. “There’s not a lot of mystery anymore about what Manchin would accept. We need to calibrate as much as possible to what he can accept, and then there needs to be a personal ask (by Biden) for his vote.”

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