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Budget Clash Pits Moderate Democrats Against Biden, Pelosi

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FILE - In his Aug. 10, 2021, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks regarding the Emergency Rental Assistance program in San Francisco. Nine moderate House Democrats are trying to upend leaders' plans for enacting President Joe Biden’s multi-trillion-dollar domestic agenda. This week, they face a showdown. The nine are outnumbered and their party’s most powerful leaders are against them - Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. (AP Photo/Nick Otto, File)

(AP) — Nine moderate House Democrats are trying to upend leaders’ plans for enacting President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar domestic agenda. This week, they face a showdown. The nine are outnumbered and their party’s most powerful leaders are against them — Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Top Democrats want the House to quickly approve a budget resolution setting up future passage of legislation directing $3.5 trillion at safety net and environment programs. But the moderates are threatening to oppose the budget unless the House first approves a $1 trillion infrastructure package. And they have enough votes to block its approval in the narrowly divided chamber.

 

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