Biden Scales Back $2T Plan: Free Community College Unlikely

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, center, along with other lawmakers, talks with reporters outside the West Wing of the Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021, following their meeting with President Joe Biden. Jayapal is joined by from left, Rep. Katherine Clark, D-Mass., Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Rep. Ritchie Torres, D-New York. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(AP) — President Joe Biden is scaling back his ambitious $3.5 trillion domestic agenda for addressing climate change and expanding social services. Biden described a more limited vision to Democratic lawmakers in meetings at the White House on Tuesday. He told them he wants a $2 trillion package with money for child tax credits, paid family leave, health care and free pre-kindergarten. Likely to be eliminated or seriously shaved back are plans for tuition-free community colleges, a path to legal status for immigrants living in the U.S. and a clean energy plan that was the centerpiece of Biden’s strategy for fighting climate change. That’s according to lawmakers and others familiar with the private meetings.


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