Biden urges bill over 'finish line' as Dems eye new surtax
October 28, 2021
WASHINGTON — With his signature domestic initiative at stake, President Joe Biden is urging Democrats to wrap up talks and bring the social services and climate change bill "over the finish line" before he departs Thursday for global summits overseas.
Top Democratic leaders are signaling a deal is within reach even though momentum fizzled and tempers flared late Wednesday after a billionaires' tax and a paid family leave program fell out of the Democrats' sweeping bill, mostly to satisfy a pivotal senator in the 50-50 Senate.
But expanded health care programs, free pre-kindergarten and some $500 billion to tackle climate change remain in the mix in what's now at least a $1.75 trillion package.