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Fourth stimulus check live updates: spending bill, social security benefits, Child Tax

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Biden headed to the Hill to salvage agenda

One step forward, one step back. Congress managed to avert a government shutdown, with limited GOP support, yesterday in back-to-back votes. However, besides that critical vote another was supposed to take place in the House on the bipartisan infrastructure bill already passed by the Senate in August.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi had scheduled a vote on the roads and bridges legislation for Thursday but that didn’t come to pass. The delay in passing the bill and sending to President Biden is the result of progressives demanding that centrist Democrats stand by their word and pass the larger part of Biden’s agenda that was left out of the infrastructure bill to get a bipartisan win in Congress.

The progressives worry that if they let the infrastructure bill through, the moderates will drag their feet while lobbyists whittle away votes to kill the large spending package that would tackle climate change and expand the US safety net. Although big business likes those measures they don’t like how it’s paid for, closing tax loopholes and higher taxes on corporation and the wealthy.

President Biden has been meeting with members of his party to iron out resistance, mainly from two Democratic Senators, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, by phone and with meetings at the White House. On Friday, however, he decided take an even more active role going to Capitol Hill to talk to lawmakers in the hope that he can salvage his agenda contained in both bills.

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