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Moderates Bring House To Standstill In Biden Budget Clash

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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2020, file photo, Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington. Nine moderate House Democrats are trying to upend leaders' plans for enacting President Joe Biden's multi-trillion-dollar domestic agenda. 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. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(AP) — House Democratic leaders are trying to muscle President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar budget blueprint over a key hurdle. But voting came to a standstill as they worked past midnight into early Tuesday to ease a standoff with a band of moderate lawmakers threatening to withhold their support for the $3.5 trillion plan. The moderates are demanding the House first approve a $1 trillion public works package that’s already passed the Senate. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is hoping to shelve the intraparty dispute for now and simply start the budget process. The standoff risks upending Biden’s agenda. Votes could be rescheduled for Tuesday.

 

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