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Many Progressives Grudgingly Accepting Smaller Economic Bill

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FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2021, file photo Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, listens during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing to examine Texas's abortion law on Capitol Hill in Washington. Many progressives have started lining up behind an emerging social and environment bill that’s neither as big or bold as they’d wanted. “Of course I don’t like it,” said Hirono, of the outsized influence moderates have had in compressing the package and erasing some of its provisions. But she said with Democratic unity needed, the party should use the bill to “open the door” to its priorities and then try extending and expanding them later. (Tom Williams/Pool via AP, File)

(AP) — Many progressives have started lining up behind an emerging social and environment bill that’s neither as big nor as bold as they’d wanted. They’re faced with that decision because an outnumbered but potent band of party moderates have enjoyed a disproportionate say in shaping the measure. Democrats rolled past unanimous Republican opposition in August and pushed a 10-year, $3.5 trillion fiscal blueprint of the plan through Congress. But with talks continuing, the actual package seems likely be around half that size. Some of its prized initiatives like free community college and fines against utilities using carbon-spewing fuels are being jettisoned, and others are being curtailed.

 

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