Marion McKeone: Biden braced for more battles to get his spending package over the line

The US president’s social spending programme has the potential to make his administration a truly transformative one, but two of his own party’s senators are standing in the way

Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden take questions from the media in Washington DC last week. Picture: Getty

Late on Friday evening, Joe Biden, the US president, and Nancy Pelosi, the house speaker, heaved a mutual sigh of relief after a week of fighting fires on four separate fronts on Capitol Hill. But the flames have been contained rather than extinguished.

Shortly before 4pm on Friday afternoon, the firefighter-in-chief arrived on Capitol Hill in an attempt to douse the conflagration within his own party. A bitter internecine feud has flared up between the ...